Darby's Dancers was started to honor the memory of Darby Emma Jones
who lost her life to leukemia at the age of 14. Born with Down syndrome, a heart defect, and leukemia, Darby lived a life full of passion, kindness, bravery, optimism, perseverance, loyalty, and a love of dance. Darby’s Dancers carries on her beautiful legacy by providing an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in the performing arts through dance education. You can hear more about Darby's love of music and dance in this NPR segment
At once-a-week classes, Darby's Dancers learn all types of dance in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. Dancers in the program gain confidence, coordination, strength and lifelong friends, all while feeling like a star. Darby's Dancers also provides volunteer opportunities for teens. Youth volunteers learn important lessons in responsibility and friendship by providing one-on-one assistance to a special needs dancer, all while sharing what they love.