My name is Mary Ramirez Cook, and these are some of our stars.

 

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I have been dancing since I was 3. I taught for Fred Astaire Studios and Arthur Murray before venturing out on my own. I have been blessed with 5 children, the youngest, who is pictured down in front, was born with Down syndrome. I began traveling down a road that I knew nothing about.

 

My son, Mathew, loves to dance. Inspired by Mathew, I decided to start a Ballroom Dance Class for young adults with Down Syndrome. Of all the classes that I teach, this one is the most rewarding. These dancers are incredible both on and off the floor!! After offering the class for almost four years at no cost to the participants, I have established “A-Marika DS” a non-profit foundation for providing a Down Syndrome Ballroom dance class. One-hundred percent of all donations go to provide shoes, costumes and defray expenses for dance exhibitions and dance competitions.

 

I have been blessed to have many of my other students volunteer their time and talents every week and every show.

 

I am very proud to have such an inspiring dance team representing A-Marika Dance Company.

 

Life is Truly a Dance.

 

2016 SPECIAL BALLROOM FESTIVAL

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2015 SPECIAL BALLROOM FESTIVAL In The News

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Article :The Power of Dance

Article: Winner of National Competition - follow the WLWT link for article and video -

Article: Dancing with Our Stars

Article: Sharonville Dance Company Hosts Free Ballroom Dancing

Article :Born a Dancer

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