DanceAbility for Students with Special Needs

DanceAbility gives dancers with special needs (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 special needs 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

DanceAbility Registration Form/Waiver

Summer Schedule

June 11-July 21, 2018

DanceAbility I with Kay, 4:30-5:15p in Studio B FULL

DanceAbility I with Caitlin, 4:30–5:15p in Studio A FULL
Adult DanceAbility with Caitlin, 5:15-6:00p in Studio A

DanceAbility II with Kay, 4:30–5:15p in Studio B FULL


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

Andrew Glenn
Andy Werth
Ann Marie Long
Anna Miller
Brad Leatherman
Brenda V. Stockman Selman
Carla McElroy
Catherine Doyle
Connie Luebbert
Consign & Design
David Spear
Jacky Adelstein
James Joe Froese
Jason Cook
Jenn Wiggs
Jill Allen (Reiki Integrative Healing)
Jill Speake
Jimmy’s Steakhouse
Joe Johnson
Jon Bush
Ken Nichols
LD Hirschklau
Lisa Simms
Mark Graeser
Mark Grundy
Matthew Lamers
Maura Mudd
Michael Wolf
Naomi Sugino Lear
Norman O’Halloran
Paul Jackson
Ramsay Wise
Sam Craker
Sandi Ginter
Sanford Speake
Scott Shy (Shyvision Photography)
Sharon Kilfoyle
Sheila Baker
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 & Multimedia Specialist
Liesl Stevens; Showcase & Fundraiser Photographer

Jacky Adelstein, Mary Ellen Ankeney, Mary Ellen Bradshaw, Grace Brown, Karla Childs, Catherine Doyle, Kathleen Franiuk, Elizabeth Giddens, Jacy Highbarger, Kendall Lademann, Alissa Marlow, Hallie McCoy, Hillary, McKinney, Elizabeth Modde, Chelsea Petree, Robyn Pummil, Jackie Roland, Kelly Schieltz, Danielle Schneider, Amanda Spry-Bazat & Jill Williams

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

Register a team:

Become a sponsor:
Hole sponsorship $100 (submit by July 1st)