Sisters Quincy and Gracie Latkovski were named National Champions this weekend at a local dance competition.
Gracie, 9, who uses a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis, has been dancing for years with her sister at a studio near Louisville, Ky. This weekend they took the stage together at the Jamfest Dance Super Nationals at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
Their duet began with Gracie in her wheelchair and Quincy also sitting in a wheelchair. Quincy then stood up and twirled around the stage with her sister in a choreographed routine to a song titled ‘Reflections'.
"Seeing both my girls on stage together inspires me and shows they have the heart of a true champion," says mom Christin Latkovski. Those who saw the performance were just as inspired by the sisters, with Jamfest representatives saying the girls "awed the audience and warmed hearts throughout the competition."
At the end of their routine, Gracie and Quincy were named National Champions and received special recognition on stage.
"I love dancing and want to show that I can do anything everyone else can because I believe in my dreams," Says Gracie who began dancing at age 3.
The sisters were two of 4,500 dancers from across the country to perform in the 10th annual Jamfest competition. The Jamfest Cheer and Dance organization offers special needs cheer and dance performances at each of their events.
Editor's note: This story previously stated, "9-year-old Gracie, who is in a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis, has been dancing for years with her sister at Dance Unlimited Studio in Mount Washington, Ky." It was updated to better reflect her situation.