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Adaptive Dance Classes

Adaptive dance classes are specially designed to accommodate individuals of all abilities, including those with physical disabilities, developmental differences, and cognitive differences.

These classes provide a supportive and inclusive environment where participants can explore movement, rhythm, and expression in ways that are tailored to their unique needs and preferences.

Little girl with down syndrome at ballet

2024-2025 Class Descriptions and Schedule. Classes begin September 16, 2024
Enrollment begins June 1, 2024

Adaptive Dance  - age 2.5-4     Fridays 10:00-10:45 am       Killingly, CT Studio  

This Creative Movement class welcomes all types of movers and body abilities. Children are exposed to beginning dance concepts with adaptations that work for their bodies and minds. Children will explore the use of the body through storytelling and music. Students explore Elementary Ballet, Improvisation, props, and imaginative movement. This class is sensory informed and supportive of individual movement needs and adaptations. Neurodivergent, Autism, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities along with any mobility aids are welcome.

Adaptive Dance  - age 5-7     Fridays 4:00-4:45 pm       Killingly, CT Studio  

This Foundations of Dance class aids in the development of fine and gross motor skills, movement creativity, and body awareness while welcoming all types of movers and body abilities.  This class blends educational concepts in a developmentally designed curriculum that places special emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem. Students will gain foundational awareness of Ballet Technique, Modern Concepts of Movement, and improvisation.  Kiddos have a blast in these fun, upbeat, and supportive classes! This class is sensory informed and supportive of individual movement needs and adaptations. Neurodivergent, Autism, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities along with any mobility aids are welcome.

Adaptive Dance  - age 7-12     Fridays 4:45-5:45 pm       Killingly, CT Studio  

This class welcomes all types of movers and body abilities. Students will explore ballet and jazz techniques while developing a strong sense of musicality, coordination, and personal style.  Proper attention is paid to muscle development, body awareness, musicality, and performance skills.  Students will enjoy an upbeat class that explores a variety of styles in a fun atmosphere in a positive, inspiring, and creative environment. Each week students will expand their self-confidence and love for dance. This class is sensory informed and supportive of individual movement needs and adaptations. Neurodivergent, Autism, and/or Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities along with any mobility aids are welcome.

  • Communication Support: Instructors use clear verbal instructions, visual demonstrations, and tactile cues to facilitate understanding and participation. Alternative communication methods may also be utilized as needed.

  • Sensory Considerations: Classes are designed to be sensory-friendly, taking into account the sensory preferences and sensitivities of participants. Lighting, music, and environmental stimuli are adjusted to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.

Adaptive Strategies:

  • Physical Accommodations: Classes are structured to accommodate participants with a wide range of physical abilities and mobility differences. Adaptive equipment, such as chairs, balance aids, or sensory props, may be used to support individuals in their movements.

Individualized Instruction: Katelyn Cramer, movement therapist, will tailor her teaching approach to meet the needs of each participant,                    providing personalized guidance, encouragement, and feedback. Modifications and adaptations are made on an individual basis to
    ensure that everyone can fully engage and enjoy the class experience.

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