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 beginning and intermediate classes for children, and one level of class for adults. Due to COVID-19, classes are limited to 4 in-person students with a virtual option available.

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


New to the School of MCB and DanceAbility program?

Get started on registration forms with this link  DanceAbility Registration Form/Waiver.

Fall Schedule

August 30- November 22, 2021

DanceAbility II with Kay, 4:30-5:15p in Studio B
DanceAbility I with Kay, 5:15-6:00p in Studio B

DanceAbility III with Kendall, 5:15-6:00p in Studio B

DanceAbility I with Kendall, 4:30–5:15p in Studio B
Adult DanceAbility with Kendall, 5:15-6:00p in Studio B

Check out all Fall 2021 classes here!

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
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)



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

Classroom support: Mary Ellen Ankeney, Mary Ellen Bradshaw, Karla Childs, Sophie Connell, Catherine Doyle, Kathleen Franiuk, Bethany Girard, Michelle Haynam, Elizabeth Heiberg, Jennifer Highbarger, Cyndi Jacob, Ananya Kumar, Kendall Lademann, Alissa Marlow, Hallie McCoy, Abby Rainwater, Jackie Roland, Kaitlyn Rutledge, Danielle Schneider, Jeanne Schmitt, Amanda Spry-Bazat, Liesl Stevens, Ramona Stoutz, Jill Williams, Kylie Williams, Jen Wingert, Karen Wingert, Lisa Wright

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

The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet has demonstrated commitment to welcoming individuals and families affected by autism. The School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet has completed required training with the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders to become an Autism Friendly Business. 


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