The Purple Tutu: Classes this Summer

Monday, June 3, 2013

I know you all remember my feature on Holland and her dance classes for children with Down Syndrome . . . 

Well, she is back at it this summer. Here is the word from her official press release:

Local Teen Teaches Kids with Down Syndrome
how to have tutu much fun… dancing

Weeks of July 29 and August 5, elementary and middle school aged children with Down Syndrome are invited to ballet workshops through the not-for-profit, ThePurple Tutu.

The mission of The Purple Tutu is to bring the beauty and artistry of ballet to dancers with Down Syndrome who may feel that classical dance training is out of their reach.  The first workshop held in April was a huge success.  A dancer’s grandmother said “I cried after attending the first class...cried "happy tears"...because I was just overcome seeing the joy on the children's faces and overcome with gratitude for The Purple Tutu”.

Students will be accepted on a first come / first serve basis. Each class will be taught at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church.  Classes will start at 9:00a.m. and be built around attendance.  Classes are at no charge, but donations are appreciated.  All proceeds generated by The Purple Tutu will go to a scholarship fund to benefit the education of a child with special needs.

Participants are encouraged to wear sweatpants/yoga pants, a t-shirt, and bare feet.  Tutus will be provided for class use.

If you would like to interview Holland McDowell, participate with the program or donate to The Purple Tutu, please email

If you know anyone who might be interested in these classes, please contact Holland and sign up! 

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