Dancing Dreams adaptive classes are open to boys and girls ages 3-21 with physical and medical challenges that preclude them from participating in "community" dance classes. Classes meet weekly at two sites: Manhattan and Bayside, Queens. Classes are taught by pediatric physical therapists which enables us to adapt activities to meet the unique needs of each dancer. Our motto: "Everyone pliés, they just do it in their own way." Dancers are exposed to ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop dance styles.
Every dancer is assigned a high school "Helper"- a volunteer who assists the dancer during classes and performances. There is at least one on stage performance each year. The shows are a celebration of the achievements of our participants.
See highlights from past shows here.
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Our teen volunteers help turn dreams into reality for our dancers while increasing their own self esteem and leadership skills through their participation in our Leadership Program.
Volunteer "Helpers" assist dancers during classes and performances and attend workshops designed to improve leadership skills. Helpers must be between the ages of 13-18 years old and willing to make a commitment each week for at least two hours from September through May.
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Part of our mission at Dancing Dreams is to provide community outreach, especially to children, in the area of disability awareness. Using our book, Ballerina Dreams, as a tool, we speak to elementary school children about tolerance and awareness.