Every two months, it’s Friday night fever for disabled adults
SAN MARCOS — Belinda Embrey is at the front of a growing line, and a witch is trying to push past, cutting in front of a monk, a devil and a butterffiy.
“Back up,” Embrey says, sticking a hand in the witch’s face. “The dance starts at 7. Back. Up.”
For years, Embrey has attended the themed dances for adults with disabilities that the city of San Marcos hosts every two months. Her mother, Sue Williams, drives her 25 miles from their home in Luling early enough so that Embrey can be ffrst in line.
The costume dance in October is no exception.
Embrey says she shows up early to guard the door for city staff members. Williams says it’s because her daughter wants to be the ffrst one on the dance ffioor.
She’s among many adults with mental or physical disabilities who take shelter in the Assembly Room at the San Marcos Activity Center six times a year. They cross out days on the calendar as the dances loom, and they stand in a line that snakes around the room in the minutes before the doors open. And when the music ffnally starts, their parents sit quietly on folding chairs in the shadows.
Embrey, 55 and 4 feet 8 inches, has Down syndrome.
Belinda Embrey of Luling takes a break from door managing Friday to shake a leg at the San Marcos Activity Center during a costume dance for adults with disabilities.