DanceAbility for Students with Different Abilities

DanceAbility gives dancers with different abilities (ages 4 through adult) an opportunity to learn and explore the world of dance. This first-of-its-kind program in the area was designed by physical therapists and MCB instructors to meet the dancers’ unique needs and abilities. Students are encouraged and guided in movement and receive positive reinforcement. Classes provide a safe and supportive environment where students can grow and develop their skills. At the end of each semester, students present a showcase to share with friends and family what they have learned.

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Our Instructors. Classes are led by a combination of special educators and dance instructors, as well as occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Class Levels. Currently we offer a beginning and intermediate class for children, and one level of class for adults. Classes are limited to 10 students.

Skills Development. In class students develop skills they can use every day including:

  • Motor skills, coordination, and balance
  • Participation and sociability
  • Ability to focus and follow directions
  • Pride in their skills
  • Confidence, self-esteem, and independence
  • Ability to interact with others
  • Sense of direction and combinations of movement
  • Verbalization

Safety. Parents can feel safe leaving their children in an environment where they are guided by qualified professionals with a one-to-one student-teacher ratio. Parents are also welcome to stay and watch through the studio’s glass observation window.

How to Participate. At this time, space in the Danceability program is limited. For more information, please contact the School of MCB at (573) 825-0095 or school@missouricontemporaryballet.org.

DanceAbility Registration Form/Waiver

Fall Schedule

September 10-December 6, 2018
(No Classes week of Thanksgiving November 19-23)

Monday
DanceAbility I with Caitlin, 4:30-5:15p in Studio B (Waitlist only)

Wednesday
DanceAbility I with Kay, 4:30–5:15p in Studio B (Waitlist only)
Adult DanceAbility with Kay, 5:15-6:00p in Studio B (Waitlist only)

Thursday
DanceAbility II with Caitlion, 4:30–5:15p in Studio A (Waitlist only)

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who help to make this program possible!

Andy Werth
Betty Tegerdine
Brenda V. Stockman Selman
Butch Guice
Carla McElroy
Carmen Johnson
Catherine Doyle
Cheryl Unterschutz
Consign & Design
David Spear
Emily Hong
Jacky Adelstein
Janet Bezler
Jason Cook
Kayne O’Brien
Ken Nichols
Kristen Lyle
Lana Eklund
Lauren McAfee
LD Hirschklau
Mark Graeser
Mark Grundy
Mike Sleadd
Ramsay Wise
Ramona Stoutz
Rodney Burlingame
Roots N Blues N BBQ
Sandra Ginter
Scott McMahon
Shan McElroy
Sharon Kilfoyle
Sheila Baker
Tiffany Carey
Tom Stauder
Yoko Lea
Yukari Kashihara (Shirahaze Gallery)

   

THE ROTARY CLUB OF COLUMBIA NW

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who are essential to the success of DanceAbility!

Jennifer Highbarger: DanceAbility Founder & Coordinator
Cynthia Jacob: Volunteer Coordinator
Karla Childs: Multimedia Specialist
Liesl Stevens: Showcase & Fundraiser Photographer
Jacky Adelstein: Graphic Designer

Mary Ellen Ankeney, Mary Ellen Bradshaw, Grace Brown, Catherine Doyle, Kathleen Franiuk, Elizabeth Giddens, Bethany Girard, Kendall Lademann, Alissa Marlow, Hallie McCoy, Hillary McKinney, Chelsea Petree, Robyn Pummil, Hallie Rainwater, Jackie Roland, Danielle Schneider, Amanda Spry-Bazat, Jill Williams & Karen Wingert

Volunteers needed for: Classroom & fundraising support. Please contact us at school@missouricontemporaryballet.org if you would like to get involved!