Quincy and Gracie Latkovski, a pair of sisters who recently won first place at a dance competition, are far from the first pair of siblings to perform together, but what made their dance special will likely pull at your heartstrings.
Unlike other dancers performing at the JAMfest Super Nationals, the Latkovski sisters didn't incorporate an elaborate amount of props into their routine. Instead, the sisters from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, used wheelchairs and a mirror to help tell their sweet story.
Although it may seem like an unusual pick, the wheelchair is a normal part of the Latkovski family's daily routine. Gracie, 9, uses a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis.
Gracie's 11-year-old sister, Quincy, also danced alongside her younger sister in a wheelchair for part of the performance, despite having complete use of her legs.
"I love dancing and want to show that I can do anything everyone else can because I believe in my dreams," Gracie told HLN affiliate WXIX.
This year's event was the largest to date -- with more than 4,000 dancers and 300 teams performing. JAMfest representative Hayley Reyes said when the girls were performing, "there wasn't a dry eye in the house." Reyes notes the dance captured everyone -- from spectators to vendors to fellow competitors. After watching the siblings perform, Reyes said everyone seemed to be impacted by the moving dance.
"Within a second, everyone became a family," Reyes said.
The pair danced to "Reflection," a song from the Disney movie "Mulan." Although they have been practicing the dance with the help of a trio of dance teachers, JAMfest was the first time the dance appeared on a national stage. Donning matching white leotards and flowers in their hair, the two brought to life their interpretation of Christina Aguilera's lyrics -- "I am now in a world where I have to hide my heart and what I believe in, but somehow I will show the world what's inside my heart and be loved for who I am."
The song selection and powerful lyrics were no coincidence. Mom Christin Latkovski told HLN that Gracie picks all her songs and oftentimes expresses herself through song and dance. Of course, her love for princess movies made the pick an easy choice. The pair began performing duets together three years ago, but this time was different.
Instead of Quincy pushing her around, Gracie was able to perform more moves with the help of a motorized wheelchair. No matter the challenge, Christin Latkovski said Gracie often wears a "contagious smile" that helps her take on the world.
The Latkovski sisters study dance at a studio, where Gracie not only takes a private class but also a group ballet class. Christin Latkovski said Gracie often does not see herself as disabled and, in turn, teaches others that no matter life's challenges -- anyone can tackle whatever is thrown their way.