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Established in 2002, Adaptive Dance provides creative movement instruction for individuals with disabilities ages 2-adult at Boston Ballet's Newton, Boston, and North Shore studio locations. Classes are taught by Boston Ballet Faculty and supported by licensed physical therapists and professional musicians. Students can engage and explore in a safe and supported studio environment as they develop movement, musicality and personal/social growth.
In addition to providing an important outlet for creativity and self-expression, Adaptive Dance participants have demonstrated the following observable accomplishments:
• enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
• increased pride cooperating with and encouraging others
• increased appreciation and knowledge of music and rhythm
• distinguishing right and left
• attending to and following directions
• increased focus
• improved balance, posture, and alignment
"It gives our kids an opportunity to relate to others like them, and with others involved in a unique arts experience."-Adaptive Dance Parent
Funding for Adaptive Dance has been provided by The Yawkey Foundation, The Seth Sprague Education and Charitable Foundation, Peter Ward Taylor Charitable Trust, Children's Hospital Anesthesia Charitable Trust, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.
Adaptive Dance offers 3 types of classes:
Specialized classes for individuals with Down syndrome ages 2-adult in Boston and Newton (Friday and Saturday)
Specialized classes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 5- adult in Boston and Newton (Saturday)
Inclusive classes for individuals of all abilities and needs ages 8 and up in the North Shore (Tuesday)
Classes take place during two 10-week sessions each year:
Fall Session: September through November
Spring Session: March through May
All classes are led by qualified Boston Ballet faculty and are supported by experienced physical therapists and highly trained musicians.
For a more detailed schedule of classes, times, and locations, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition for the program is $200.00 each semester.
Boston Ballet believes that everyone should have the opportunity to dance and is committed to working with our families to ensure that programming is accessible. Financial Aid is available for families that qualify, email email@example.com with questions.
An intake interview is required for all new students and is held prior to the start of the semester.
The Adaptive Dance staff works very hard to find a class for all interested students. We use information from the registration materials and intake interview to inform our decision and ensure all students in a class will work cohesively and enjoy the Adaptive Dance experience.
Adaptive Dance participants and their families have the opportunity to attend select Boston Ballet performances at The Opera House free of charge.
Students perform and demonstrate their work at our end of year Adaptive Dance Showcase (held each May) at Boston Ballet. Additional performance opportunities may be available during the course of the semester; past performances have included: Boston Ballet at The Strand Theater, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress' Buddy Walk, and Federation for Children with Special Needs Gala.
If you are interested in enrolling or learning more about Adaptive Dance, please click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Financial Aid is available for families that qualify.
and Training with Adaptive Dance
We now offer an Adaptive Dance Training Workshop! If you are a dance educator, studio owner, program manager or other service provider interested in learning how to teach dance to individuals with disabilities please click here to sign up for email notifications on upcoming training workshops led by our staff and experts in the field.
To promote leadership and mentor opportunities, we encourage our young-adult and adult Adaptive Dance participants to volunteer with the program and at Adaptive Dance events. We value our students' perspectives and experiences and are committed to involving them whenever possible. Currently, we are not recruiting non-participant volunteers, however, if you would like to be placed on a contact list for future opportunities, please click here.
See Us in Action!
Boston Ballet at The Strand Theatre: This special night featured performances by the Boston Ballet company, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet School students, and students from Boston Ballet's Department of Education and Community Initiatives including Adaptive Dance.
Adaptive Dance End of Year Showcase: At the end of each year students have the opportunity to demonstrate all they have learned at our Showcase Performance. To learn more please contact email@example.com
For safety reason and to respect our students and families, we generally do not allow outside visitors to observe our class sessions. If you are interested in meeting us or seeing what we do please visit us at one of our community events or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.