Jazmen McCright started taking dance classes at Studio B Dance Studio when she was only 2 years old.
She had dreams of becoming an elite dancer and go on tour with some of the biggest names in the music industry. Unfortunately, McCright came up short of her star-studded aspirations, but little did she know, she would use her talents to make a brighter impact than she ever imagined.
Today, McCright is a special education teacher at Albertville Middle School and part-time instructor at Studio B. With her masterful choreography and coaching, she recently led the studio’s competition teams to a national championship, but now McCright is ready to unveil another award-winning plan for Studio B: Dancing Without Limits.
Dancing Without Limits is a new class McCright created for special needs children to dance and, most importantly, have fun.
“She came to me with the idea and said, ‘What if …’ and I went, ‘Really?’” Bobbi Dale Rowe, owner and operator of Studio B said. “After teaching all day, she still wants to do this, because she is so passionate about working with these children. It’s an amazing idea, and we already have people signing up.”
McCright said she came up with the idea while at school. Working with kids who have Down Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities, McCright said many of them respond well to music. Then she thought about Studio B.
“If you ever come into my classroom, we love to have fun,” McCright said. “I’ve always got some music playing, and we’re always doing some kind of dance move either when they get there or something. Just to see the way they interact with that, I thought, ‘Well, you know, this might could turn into something.
“It’s not about if you know about all the dance moves, or if you’re on beat and anything like that,” McCright said. “I get teary eyed just thinking about it – but a boy came into the studio and just smiled the entire time. Even if he was just jumping up and down. His mother came up to me and said, ‘Thank you so much for letting him come in here.’ And that’s when it started rolling.”
McCright said the class would be a great way for special needs children, age 6-18, to get involved with extracurricular activities that improve motor skills, boost confidence and provide socialization.
To learn more about the class, call 256-593-1955 or visit studiobdancestudio.com. Studio B is located at 1835 Church St. in Sardis City.