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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A Burlington dance teacher is making sure she can still serve special needs families while social distancing.

A Time to Shine is an integrated dance program for children with special needs.

Dance educator Kim Black leads the program.

“A lot of the children with A Time to Shine have lost their therapies, their structure that they had at school, so being able to continue this is huge for the parents. They want their child to be able to continue doing what they’ve always done,” she said.

The classes are held at Burlington Dance Center.

Black made sure the class could continue using virtual technology.

The connection is something students, their parents, and Black missed.

Under normal circumstances, Black teaches more than 300 children a week.

“I missed them terribly, so as we started this, it’s allowed me to continue to connect and continue to feel like what my mission is, what my passion is, and it allows me to continue doing that and that is so important,” she said.