Adaptive Dance Program:
Abilities in Movement
NSSD is committed to helping all dancers find their place in the dance community by providing a positive movement experience, improving mind and body awareness, verbal and nonverbal communications, adaptation to different situations, socialization, and self-confidence. It is our mission to celebrate and help mold dancers from all walks of life and enhance their abilities through movement.
How Do We Do It?
We use a combination of music (process, learn, and listen) coupled with physical dancing (move, practice, and repeat) to stimulate the understanding of information on a multitude of levels.
This class improves the use of the dancer’s fine and gross motor skills through exercises, props, games, and touch.
We encourage independent work in a group setting and offer opportunities for increased verbal and non-verbal social interaction and communication.
We adapt to different situations through creative movement and role play to provide tools that aid in the social capacity of the student by stimulating emotional expressiveness.
Sensory Friendly Dance
Fall: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Winter: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 3rd
Spring: April 28th, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Sessions: To be arranged with the studio
Which Class is For You?
Sensory Friendly Dance
This sensory friendly class is available for dancers who are comfortable in a group learning environment. Class will follow the elements of the structured teaching method to help guide students through the movements and activities of class. In addition to a small class size, multiple teachers and teen dance partners will be present to provide a more personalized experience. Dancers enrolled in the Spring session will have the opportunity to perform in the Spring Concert.
All Ages Through Adult:
This personalized class will address the cognitive and physical needs of the student in order to create a positive, fun, and safe learning environment. Current students in this program have a range of support needs and use a variety of assistive technologies, including mobility equipment. Teachers work with dancers to create a class focus based on ballet, tap, jazz, modern, or lyrical dancing. Each class finishes with a choreography section and opportunities to perform. Efforts will be made to combine dancers of the same age and movement abilities to provide a social element to classes.