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Lorain County native creates tap dance shoe for seniors and those with special needs

Lorain County native Melissa Renner strives to provide health and fitness to her community, but with a particular focus in geriatrics.

Renner, a fitness practitioner, recently developed a patent pending tap shoe cover designed specifically for seniors and people with special needs.

The tap shoe cover is made of silicon rubber, and with the help of a zipper fits, over a regular or orthopedic shoe.

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“We work a lot with the elderly and individuals with degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Elyria native Renner, who now calls Westlake home. “It’s seated dance, that way individuals in wheelchairs who have cognitive or physical disabilities can participate.”

Active For Life’s programs include seated tap classes, rhythm classes and sing-alongs. For the former, Renner said participants wear a special tap cover that goes over their shoes.

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