Adaptive Dance Class
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 three sites: Bayside (Queens), Upper East Side (Manhattan), and Plainview (Long Island). Classes are taught by pediatric physical or occupational 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.
Learn how to volunteer or enroll your child in our classes. Contact Us
Dancing Dreams Teen Leadership Program
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 one hour commitment each week from September through May.
To volunteer, Contact Us.
See what our teens say about their volunteer experience.
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.
If you are interested in having Dancing Dreams visit your local community, Contact Us.