Students boogie down at Inclusion Dance

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The first annual Winters Inclusion Dance was hosted at the Winters Opera House on Friday, May 20, 2022. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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Winters High School Life Skills Class students, alumni, and other Yolo County community members danced the night away at the first Winters Inclusion Dance on Friday, May 20 at the Winters Opera House.

Kim Spalding, event organizer and WHS Life Skills Class educator, said she wanted to provide an experience not just for her students, but for everyone in the area who lives with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities.

Spalding said she reached out to Autos for Autism (who helped sponsor the event), other local businesses and organizations to bring the dance to fruition. Through networking efforts, they were able to invite students, young adults and their families from Winters, Vacaville and Davis.

Following limitations and challenges from the pandemic, Spalding said she wanted to provide an event for her students and the everyone in the community who lives with a disability of some level an opportune experience.

“These kids are just a complete joy,” Spalding said. “I wanted to bring them all together, and give any kid the experience.”

Spalding plans to continue the Inclusion Dance in future years. A banner, hung inside the Opera House, touted the event as the first annual Winters Inclusion Dance.

In addition to enjoying beats by DJ Barnett Entertainment, attendees were able to take fun photos in a photo booth, enjoy a free Kona Ice dessert, and at the end of the event they received a gift card to use in the community.

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