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Pepin student selected for national dance performance

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When she is on stage, dancing, it's a magical time for Thalia Arbelaez. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old.

"Dancing is pointing to you, get into your heart, you get your energy," Thalia said.

Thalia attends Pepin Academies, and she has just been chosen to perform at the national Down Syndrome Convention in Denver this summer.

"I take ballet, tap, belly dance tango and flamingo."

She is one of only three people in the country selected for this. Her parents couldn't be more proud. Her father Arbey has this to say.

"Any kid in the world has something to offer if the opportunity is given."

Not only will Thalia be dancing, she'll also speak at the convention about what dancing does for her.

"This is like inspiration for many parents and children like Thalia" said Thalia Mother Alacia Arbelaez.

Tara Drangle has been Thalia's dance teacher for many years.

"For children with learning disabilities its very important that they have an outlet and dance gives them that outlet, because it gives then a chance to shine in a way that they may not shine in another area."

What a great role model she will be.

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