Adapted Dance Program


Program Overview

  • Instructors: Erin Jester & Emily Sweeney
  • Available at our North Royalton studio only, 6048 Royalton Road.

The ultimate goal of our adaptive dance program is to mainstream our dancers into a traditional dance class.  The benefit to these classes is the low teacher to student ratio (2:4-8).  Skills taught in these classes are the same as a typical dance class, but are tailored to each dancer’s unique needs and abilities in order to provide the most successful learning environment.

Assessment

An individual assessment is required for any new student requesting an individual lesson or class, to determine appropriate placement within the program and establish goals with the dancer and parent.  The assessment fee includes an intake interview, (1) 30-minute individual session and a consultation.  Assessment sessions are conducted in our adapted dance studio in North Royalton.   Assessment fee of $25 is due at the time of the assessment.

Level 1 – Individual Adapted Dance Lesson

A private dance lesson allows the instructor to focus on the skills and needs of the dancer.  We tailor private lessons to developing the dancers’ skills in social, communication and gross motor, as well as developing a foundation for dance. Monthly commitment.

Level 2 – Adapted Dance Class 

Our class focuses on social, communication & gross motor skills, as well as developing a foundation for dance. Dancers have the opportunity to learn multiple styles of dance in one class (lyrical, ballet, jazz, tap or tumbling).  The ratio for this class is no more than 1:5 instructor/dancer ratio. 10-week commitment.

Level 3 – Adapted Dance Class with Peer Models 

Our class focuses on social, communication & gross motor skills, as well as developing a foundation for dance. Dancers have the opportunity to learn multiple styles of dance in one class (lyrical, ballet, jazz, tap or tumbling).  The ratio for this class is no more than 1:8 instructor/dancer ratio. Peer models do not pay for the class, but make a time commitment for the duration of the 10 weeks.  Peer models are individually selected based on attention, personality, energy and social behavior to match what is appropriate for each class. 10-week commitment.

Level 4 – Inclusion into Traditional Dance Class 

Adapted dancers registered in this type of class are included into a traditional dance class with an assistant instructor.  The assistant instructor will guide the dancer through the challenges of class pace, sequencing and social expectations, which fading the levels of prompting until  the assistant is no longer needed.  These classes are a partnership with North Royalton Dance Academy. Semester commitment.

 

There are three performance opportunities throughout the year that dancers of any level above can participate in:

April/May – Informal Dance Recital at Beyond Words, North Royalton

June – Formal Dance Recital with NRDA at Independence Middle School

December – Nutcracker with North Pointe Ballet at Magnificat High School

 

Complete this form and someone will contact you within 24 hours!  In the meantime, you can complete the Intake Form and review our Policies and Procedures for Individual Lessons (Level 1) and Group Classes (Level 2-3).