From the very first moment sisters Quincy and Gracie Latkovski were wheeled onto stage, we could tell it was going to be an emotional performance. Gracie, who uses a wheelchair due to effects of Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy has been dancing since she was 3 years-old. This past weekend, the now 9-year-old took on the Jamfest Dance Super Nationals in Kentucky with her sister Quincy.
The duet began with both girls in wheelchairs, but Quincy soon stood up and twirled around her sister in their choreographed dance to “Reflections.” The audience was in awe of the Latkovski sisters and we can saw we were also inspired and moved by their performance. Quincy and Gracie took the national championship in the special needs category. (FOX 19)
Dawn is the fierce founder of A Step in Time School of Dance. She was raised in Cincinnati where her mother operated her own studio for 55 years. Dawn has performed in Japan, Mexico, the Virgin Islands and throughout the United States. Dawn has appeared on television, commercials, and has performed with different theater groups. Dawn has most recently performed with her students at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Fox Studios, Sydney, Sydney Wonderland, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and The Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship “Sovereign of the Seas.” Dawn taught in NYC before moving to Los Angeles as well as guest teaching throughout the USA. Dawn graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.A. degree in psychology and sociology and from Antioch University Los Angeles with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. In addition to dancing, Dawn works as a therapist at an eating disorder residential treatment center in Malibu.
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Born in Montreal, Canada, Marie-France began her ballet training at the age 7. In 1982, she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, performing lead roles for 3 years. She received grants from the Canada Council of the Arts and from the Government of Quebec to study in New York and Bulgaria. In 1985, Marie danced the lead role in The Garden of the Heart, which was broadcast live on CBS National TV. That same year, Marie was recruited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre, where she danced for 11 years. Her repertoire includes several featured roles, many PBS specials on dance, and a host of guest-artist credits across the U.S. and Canada. Since moving to L.A. in 1996 Marie has been providing the highest level of professional instruction at studios such as West Side Academy of Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, and CSU Long Beach.