Shout-Out to all those who contributed to the Dancing Dreams Kickstarter campaign
What a great success you all helped make this!
Greetings from Dancing Dreams!
Dancing Dreams started as a dream….The dream of little girls to put on a tutu and glitter—and dance just like other little girls their age.
Despite their dreams, these little girls are not able to dance like their friends, sisters, cousins and even their mothers. They have physical and medical challenges that prevent them from joining classes in their community.
Dancing Dreams launches Manhattan classes
On May 20th, Dancing Dreams, the announced it was expanding the program and will offer ballet classes for children with physical and medical disabilities in Manhattan at The Museum of The City of New York. At the official Ribbon Cutting ceremony, Victor Calise, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities along with New York City Ballet principal dancer Jenifer Ringer, joined Dancing Dreams founder Joann Ferrara and members of her class celebrate this important milestone!
With music from 42nd Street in the background, 50 girls, some as young as three years old, smile ear-to-ear as they follow their dance instructor’s direction to “tap” their dancing feet!
They wear the requisite costumes and dancing shoes, as well as leg braces, canes, crutches and wheelchairs. This is no ordinary dance class.
This is Dancing Dreams. It was founded in 2002 to give these very special children with physical and medical disabilities a chance to live their dream—to dance, just like their sisters and friends do. And dance they do!
And, we’re on a mission. Get 100 dancing feet in Manhattan before our April 28th performance. Will you help us get there?
With Manhattan classes launching in the fall, we can bring this unique program to even more children in need.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then here are a million. Check out these student photos.
Our success depends on the generosity of people like you to keep it going.
Now, just 98 dancing feet to go. Help us here.