At a recent winter dance recital by Miss April's Dance, five special education students from Murrieta Valley High School performed a number to a pop star's music.
Nissa-Belle Vidal, April Vidal's daughter, works as an instructional aide in a special-ed class at Murrieta Valley and taught the girls moves to Katy Perry's "Firework."
"I think it was a good experience for them because none of them ever performed before," said Nissa-Belle, a senior who wants to major in psychology in college.
Her mother supported her daughter's efforts on behalf of the girls.
"We just want to show that anyone can dance," April Vidal said.
The following day, the special education students were presented with trophies during class.
The dance program -- run through the city of Murrieta Community Services Department -- held its winter event Dec. 5 at
It featured children ages 3 to 18.
Sign-ups are now being taken for Miss April's next session, which begins Jan. 23. Classes are held weekly at the Murrieta Senior Center and Community Center. Learn more by visiting the city of Murrieta website. Click on Recreation Class Registration, select Programs and then Miss April's Dance. Classes range from ballet and tap, to contemporary, jazz or funk (hip hop). There is also an adult class.