Made-to-measure for you!
United Dance aims to share the love of dance and foster creativity by providing high quality, engaging, and thoughtfully designed programming in a structured, safe environment where individuals with Down syndrome and their families can be unequivocally themselves and experience the joy of dance to the fullest!
All classes are taught by a professional dancer who is trained in teaching dance to specialized populations. The teacher is supported by an assistant teacher, a musician, and a physical therapist or health care professional.
in a supportive environment
In order to ensure that classes are fully accessible and enjoyable for students with Down syndrome, United Dance utilizes a specialized curriculum that addresses social, emotional, physical, and artistic growth. While the goal of United Dance is not to replace physical therapy or medical assistance, participants typically experience benefits that support their development outside of the studio.
Thoughtful programmatic features include:
"I got to dance where the students of the Paris Opera study, I saw them on tv and now I got to see them in real life!"
- Jenni, United Dance Participant
Increase focus and enjoyment of movement
Improve posture, balance, and alignment
Attend to and follow directions
Enhance creative self-expression
Increase knowledge of music and rhythm
Participate with a group and perhaps enhance their own self-confidence
Cooperate with, lead and encourage peers
Distinguish right from left
Explore dance concepts and have opportunities to discover, explore, and create movement using these elements
Explore performance in studio and in front of an audience
Every dance class is 60 minutes and taught by a professional dance teacher trained in teaching dance to specialized populations. The teacher is accompanied by:
A physical therapist or healthcare professional
A teacher's assistant
Classes keep to a consistent schedule that includes: