Classes start in FebruaryThe Center is creating a new, fully inclusive dance and music school for children of all abilities, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, audio and visual impairments. The school will be for children from ages 4 through 12 and open in February, 2017.
The classes will encourage children to explore their full physical and social potential through high quality, joyful dance and music instruction. Teachers will use exercises designed to be fun and entertaining as they help to improve the children’s personal and social growth, balance and coordination and to encourage curiosity and build imagination and confidence.
“The Center believes strongly that dance is for everyone,” said Center Vice President of Community Engagement Jason Holland. “Our school will ensure that kids are afforded opportunities and experiences that will enable them to maximize the quality of their lives. Parents and caregivers will enjoy a break and expand their support network. The school is one of the new programs being developed in our Center for Dance and Innovation that allows us to serve more of Orange County’s many diverse communities.”
Classes will be offered on Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Thursdays from 10 – 11 a.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Additional classes and times will be announced later. For more information, please visit the Center’s website at SCFTA.org or call the school’s director, Susan Marie Kendall, at (714) 556-2122, ext. 4337.
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Here is the list of faculty members so you can get more familiarized with the people that are making this possible:
- The teachers function as a team.
- This team is led by the Dance Teacher who guides each class through the curriculum.
- The Music Teacher supports the Dance Teacher by providing musical accompaniment to reach learning objectives as well as direct musical instruction during the musical component of class.
- The Therapist (OT/PT) Teacher functions in a supportive teaching role and advises the team on safe movements and offers direct support to students as needed.