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Local foundation gives Onalaska girl a chance to dance

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  If you're a parent you know how expensive your kids' activities can be. Sports, fine arts, and academic camps can run in the hundreds of dollars. A local foundation called "A chance to dance" is helping families by reducing the financial barrier to fun. As News 19's Amy DuPont explains, the help came at the pivotal time for an Onalaska family.

Like a lot of little girls her age 7 year old Alexis Xiong loves to move to the music, especially when she has the attention of professional dancer and studio owner Misty Lown. Misty doesn't do many private lessons, but she wanted to meet Alexis to learn more about the little girl who's dancing with a broken heart.

Alexis started dancing about a year ago. Her dad Josh took her to class. It was their special time together. Josh drown last fall while fishing on the Mississippi river. In an instant Alexis lost her dad and her dance partner.

"Her dad brought her to dance every single week. He watched her through the window in the room we're standing in right now. He watched her take class. We didn't want her to miss a beat". , explains Misty Lown

Alexis returned to class shortly after her father's death thanks to the "A chance to dance foundation", a local non-profit misty started to remove the financial barrier keeping kids from doing the things they love. "If we see promise in a kid and they are asking for assistance we never turn a child away."

"A chance to dance" paid for Alexis' tuition and recital costs, helping Alexis and her mom Maly cope. "You don't even know us and you're willing to help us and that means a lot", say Maly Vue.

Like a complicated routine Alexis and Maly are still trying how to figure out how to move forward. Dancing, and the support of the dance community, seems to help.

 "A chance to dance" grants scholarships to not only dancers, but every child with a need.

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