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Superstars shine at halftime show

By Heather Hintze 10:51 PM October 2, 2013

The Mat Valley Superstars is a dance team for people with special needs

PALMER – At the Mat Valley Dance Studio in Palmer it’s not about being the best; it’s about trying your best.

Part of the Superstars dance team hit the floor to rehearse for a performance at Palmer High School.

“If you listen to the words it says ‘We’re superstars. We are who we are.’ The song symbolizes our class. We are who we are whether you like it or not,” said dance instructor Chanelle Gangstad.

The Superstars started six years ago. It’s a dance team for people with special needs.

“This class is so awesome because I like my friends,” said Melanie Flowers.

“It shows the rest of the world that dance is for everyone and people with disabilities can do everything anyone else can do,” said Gangstad.

“We’re going to do ‘We Are Who We Are’ again. I want to see more smiles,” said Gangstad who works to make sure everyone always has fun.

“There’s a lot of smiles,” said dance student Kena Pugh. “Chanelle’s always like, ‘Smile!’”

At the Palmer-Colony football game the Superstars cheered on the Moose while they waited to take the field.

“It brings a lot to the community. I think it brings a lot more people who understand us more,” said Krystina Collins.

With Ke$ha blaring through the loudspeakers the team put on their best performance for the hometown crowd.

“People don’t expect a huge group of people with special needs to be out there dancing. So when they see it it’s exciting,” said Gangstad.

The team is happy to have the spotlight on them and show how much people with special needs can bring to the community.

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