On Saturday mornings you'll find them at the Boston Ballet studios on Clarendon Street in the South End -- kids from ages 6 to 19, some from the city, others from the suburbs, all with Down syndrome and dressed for dancing. When the drumbeat starts, they really get moving -- sometimes all together, following their teacher's instructions, and sometimes taking turns improvising solo dances remarkable for their creativity and style. The Adaptive Dance program, a joint effort of Boston Ballet and Children's Hospital Boston, encourages these kids to express themselves through dance. And they've taken to it like ducks to water.
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