A dance group from Centacare performed to cheers and thunderous applause at the Kempsey Eisteddfod yesterday.
The group of 15 performers have been practicing each Monday afternoon for months in preparation for the big performance.
Centacare offer disability services and care to members of the Kempsey community. They have a range of support services and centre based activities to promote inclusion.
"We're always looking for new programs and activities for them to enjoy. Learning a dance taught all of them new skills," Centacare team leader for centre based programs Theresa Falconer said.
"Promoting inclusion is something we are passionate about and seeing them learn new skills and have so much fun is just amazing."
Support worker at Centacare and dance teacher from Garvey School of Dance, Jamie Roberts, said it was incredible to see everyone enjoying the performance.
"I was asked by Theresa if I would be interested in teaching dance. Everyone really got behind it and joined in," she said.
"They really enjoyed learning the dance, the smiles on their faces were priceless.
"I chose a pom routine because I felt that it was more inclusive, it's something everyone could get involved in, no matter their disability."
The group received first place in their category, with adjudicator Rebecca McCormac presenting each performer with a medal.
"The community is so accepting here, Kempsey really gets behind things like this. Seeing everyone clapping along and cheering was just amazing. It meant the world to them," Ms Roberts said.
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