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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Boston Ballet's Adaptive Dance Program

Creative Movement for Children with Special Needs

The Boston Ballet's Adaptive Dance Program was developed in collaboration with Children's Hospital Boston, and is designed to foster a love of dance and creative inspiration in children with special needs. Now in its tenth year, Adaptive Dance offers classes for children with Down Syndrome at Boston Ballet's Newton and Boston studios, and for children with Autism in the Boston studios.

Classes comprised of 10-week sessions are held in the Fall and Spring semesters, and typically take place on Saturdays.

Adaptive Dance students, in addition to enjoying an essential outlet for creative expression, have demonstrated improvement in cognition and social development.

Key outcomes include enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence; increased pride in accomplishment; cooperating with and encouraging others; ability to appreciate music; distinguishing right and left; attending to and following directions; increased ability to focus; stopping and starting on cue; improved balance, posture and alignment, and separating upper and lower body movement patterns.

All classes are led by qualified Boston Ballet faculty and attended by a physical therapist from Children's Hospital.

The Adaptive Dance Spring, 2013 semester begins in March, and has openings for new students. Trial classes for potential new students are being offered on February 16. Additional information about, and registration forms for, theses trial classes may be found on the Boston Ballet's website, HERE.

You may also contact Program Manager Sarah McKitterick at the Boston Ballet by calling 617-456-6208, or emailing smckitterick@bostonballet.org.

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