SLIDELL, La. — A new dance krewe in Slidell is gearing up for a busy schedule of Mardi Gras parades on the North Shore.

The krewe features dancers from a new special needs class that currently includes 10 kids aged 6-13, and their dance helpers.

“Everybody can dance, and when you get them together with other children who may have special needs you can show them they can do this," said studio owner Barbara Montez.

The class is made possible with the help of sponsors who are also partially funding the group’s float for Mardi Gras parades.

“These children are so lovable, the happiness they bring us, it’s time for us to bring that to them,” said sponsor Tabitha Carney.

The class has dancers of all abilities and teaches the kids basic moves and mobility. Parents of dancers say the class has also been a major confidence booster.

“Before she was shy, embarrassed,” said parent Krystal Rodriguez. “Now you ask her to do a move and she’s all about it.”

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Infinity Dance says the krewe will be rolling in the Titans, Dionysus, and Selene parades. They are still looking for donations of beads and stuffed animal throws as well as financial help to pay for the insurance costs associated with the float.

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