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Arthur Murray Hosts Special Valentine's Day Ball For Abilis In Greenwich

Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball on Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball on Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball on Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball on Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich.
Abilis, a group that helps adults and children with developmental disabilities, holds a Sweetheart Ball Saturday at Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich hosts a Sweetheart Dance on Saturday for Abilis.
Arthur Murray Dance in Greenwich hosts a Sweetheart Dance on Saturday for Abilis. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

GREENWICH, Conn. — Abilis, which helps people with developmental disabilities, hosted its second annual Sweetheart Ball on Saturday at Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom in Greenwich.

"The idea last year was to have some of our long-term relationships come down and have dance lessons for Valentine's Day," Keelin Daly, marketing director at Abilis, told Daily Voice. "Then the owner of the studio (Chris Georgopulo) ramped it up to be a Sweetheart Ball. It happened really quickly, so we didn't have a lot of couples come.

"But this year we've had a year of momentum for this, so it's really exciting," Daly added. "I think the celebration of community that comes out of it is great. So we have the sweethearts who are partners, and we've also got the community partnership between Ablilis and Arthur Murray, which is amazing ... them embracing Abilis.

"It reflects the good fortune we have in a community like Greenwich that embraces everybody."

Smiles were on every face as the sweethearts learned a few dance steps, then put them to work with the music and their partners as they celebrated Valentine's Day in style.

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