LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Nine-year-old Gracie Latkovski loves to dance.
Gracie was born premature at 26 weeks. She weighed just two and a half pounds and has cerebral palsy. From the beginning her big sister Quincy, just two years older, has always been by her side.
Their mother Christin Latkovski said, “Quincy had to grow up fast and she was already right there by her sister to be the little mommy. She helped Gracie with tying her shoes to brushing her hair to putting on her clothes.”
Gracie and Quincy help each other now.
Quincy said, “I help her sit up because sometimes she leans over and I help her with her school work.”
Gracie said, “[Quincy is] a teacher downstairs and I have a classroom and she has a classroom and we pretend like we have a school.”
Together Gracie and Quincy are teaching the world a wonderful lesson.
In a dance choreographed just for these special sisters, Quincy becomes Gracie's reflection.
In the dance, Quincy is the reflection of how Gracie wants other people to see her.
When Quincy steps through the looking glass, Gracie’s reflection is free to dance across the room.
About Gracie, their mother said, “She truly sees no disability in herself. She can do all things--life has no limits. She will push on and do everything she wants to do.
Recently, Gracie and Quincy won a national award for their dance. They’ve been interviewed by CNN Headline News and a national talk show. But their mother said, besides the lesson these sisters want to teach, there’s another reason they dance so beautifully together.
For two young girls, it’s the perfect reason.
Christin Latkovski said, “I think they just love to dance.”