Group brings dance to those who might normally miss out

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A dance studio is typically where you'd expect to find budding ballerinas practicing their plies and turns.

Ballet on Wheels has a traditional home but they're making their mark by offering classes in schools, churches and community centers.

"We're able to reach so many other students and so many other students that may not have an opportunity to take classes so many other students that just may not be aware."

Chaniece Thompson is the executive artistic director at ballet on wheels.

She started the dance school and company in 2002. they teach all forms of dance from jazz and modern to hip hop but ballet is the focus.

They teach all forms of dance from jazz and modern to hip hop but ballet is the focus.

"We perform all over the city for so many different events so it's a good opportunity for the students."

There are 200 students at Ballet on Wheels.

Chaniece says new students are always welcome. she says the idea that if you don't start dance as a toddler you're behind is totally flawed.

"You're older and you can pick up that technique, you can remember that choreography you can really begin to perform."

Ballet on Wheels classes are open to children ages 3 to 17.

There's an ambassador's program designed especially for college bound teens.

"We're looking for students that are interested in community service, they're interested in volunteer efforts, they're interested in learning more about the arts."

Full and partial scholarships are available and are awarded every April based on the talent of your young dancer.

"It's an opportunity for students to study with Ballet on Wheels and company free of charge."

For children not dreaming of being the next Misty Copeland, dance can teach them intangible life skills.

"It teaches them structure, it teaches them organization, time management and just being responsible."

Thompson says dance builds a sense of community in children and boosts their confidence.

"You walk away with a stronger sense of who you are and a stronger person. You can't be be a dancer and not be able to take it as much as we take we give."

Stronger students and stronger members of the community who've been taught the importance of sharing their gift and giving back.

Learn more about Ballet on Wheels.