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Posted: January 21, 2016

Wheelchair dance troupe perform tribute for friend who died

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By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Cincinnati, Ohio —

A video of an Ohio dance troupe's tribute performance is garnering lots of attention on the Internet.

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The video shows Revere Dance Studio's Wonders on Wheels (WOW) team dancing to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."

The tribute performance was in honor of one the dancers who died unexpectedly last year.

"We unexpectedly lost one of our dancers back in September" Tracey Burgoon, owner and choreographer at the Revere Dance Studio told WCPO. "It was actually the week we were starting back up. We were going to start back up the week she passed away."

Since then, the team has been rehearsing the choreography for the performance, which took place on Sunday. It was the first performance without their friend and fellow dancer, Katie.

The all-girl troupe, whose members range between 6 and 27, chose to the song because Katie loved Celine Dion.  

"Her favorite singer was Celine Dion," Burgoon said. "She loved ballet, so we decided to make this song a tribute to her." 

In the performance, six WOW members were joined by 14 "shadow" dancers, girls who volunteer their time to dance alongside the team and help the girls move across the dance floor.

"They help them maneuver when they can't move their arms," Burgoon said. "We just really try to work with them. It's just as important for the 'shadow' to work with the girls."

Burgoon told People there's a waiting list of dancers who want to volunteer their time with the program, which meets twice per month and is free for participants. 

Over six million people have viewed the video of the performance on Facebook. 

Check out our WOW Team and their shadows.

Posted by Revere Dance Studio on Saturday, January 9, 2016

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