Mayli (pictured left) and Brooklyn were meant to be best friends: They’re both from Texas, they were born just six months apart, they have the same last name (but aren’t related), and they both have spina bifida. But most importantly, they can break it down real good.
Mayli and Brooklyn live 45 minutes away from each other, but their moms try to schedule regular sleepovers and dance parties. At a recent get-together, Brooklyn taught Mayli how to “Nae Nae” and they spent a whole evening choreographing and whipping out their best dance moves. Mayli’s mom, Sami Gibson, was there to capture it all on video.
The video of them dancing to Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” has since been shared more than 13,000 times and has more than 575,000 views! There’s just something about this song that makes for a great video—in fact, just a couple months ago, a video of a pregnant mom and her daughter dancing to this song went viral, too.
Luckily, the girls have the chance to dance together at more than the occasional sleepover. They both take dance lessons at Ayita, a class Gibson started for wheelchair-bound kids. Gibson teaches four girls—including Mayli and Brooklyn—dance routines once a week. The goal is to create a safe space where kids can dance and “not feel so different.”
“[Mayli] uses a wheelchair to get around,” Gibson told ABC News, “and while some people may think she’s confined to her chair, her chair is actually her means of freedom and independence.”
If you want to learn more about Ayita Wheelchair Dance, check out its GoFundMe page here.
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