There were smiles all around as Carlton players took to the stage at Federation Square on Friday, performing with dancers from e.motion21 to help celebrate World Down Sydnrome Day. 

Vice-captain Kade Simpson was joined by teammates Chris Judd, Dennis Armfield, Tom Temay, Sam Docherty, Ciaran Byrne and Ciaran Sheehan. 

The players helped launch Beat Fit: a fitness class specifically designed for young people with Down syndrome. 

Simpson questioned his teammates' abilities in the routine, which utilised drumsticks and fit balls.

But he said it was all for a good cause. 

"It's one of those charities that probably goes a little bit unnoticed, so any awareness that we can bring really helps," Simpson said. 

Studies have shown dancing can have a positive impact on those living with Down syndrome. 

The CEO of e.motion21 Cate Sayers says the dance ensemble has helped her own daughter develop confidence. 

"It was just a natural thing for her to want to participate and have the same opportunities as other young children," Ms Sayers said. 

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