ALL-ABILITIES DANCE

Do you enjoy movement? Music? All Abilities Dance program is a safe space for students with special needs to dance - no prior experience required! Participants learn dance exercises, improvisational games, and experience foundational elements of dance and choreography. 

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In our monthly All-Abilities Dance workshops, dancers with special needs can work on skills like rhythm, coordination, musicality, spatial concepts, and more while learning to confidently express themselves through movement. Positive role modeling from instructors and a nurturing environment made possible by our faith combine to allow dancers of any level of ability to thrive! Whether youth attend a single workshop or or many, the physical and emotional benefits of experience in dance can last for a lifetime. 

What to Expect

  • Small class sizes that allow instructors to maintain an orderly classroom and give each student ample individual attention.

  • Students are welcome to have a parent or other support person attend the workshop with them if needed.

  • Experienced, qualified instructors who enjoy working with dancers with special needs of all ages.

  • Consistent, constructive class content.

  • Appropriate, positive class music.

  • Modest attire and instruction using appropriate, edifying movements.

  • Donation-based fees that keep the workshops accessible to everyone.

  • A positive, nurturing environment based in the overarching joy that comes from our basis in faith (Romans 5:8) - learn more.



Abigail Gray Gardner, Children's & Youth Director

Haley Kisch, Instructor

Haley Kisch is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. She began taking ballet lessons at age ten, also training in modern, jazz, tap and musical theatre over the years. She was a member of the Honors Program and studied dance and history at Anderson University, graduating magna cum laude in 2016. Haley's choreography was featured in Anderson University dance concerts, and in 2015 she became the first dance major to premiere a full-length dance show. She has taught dance at YMCAs and Brookside Dance Academy. While at Anderson, she worked in the dance office and found an appreciation for administration in the arts. Haley was first introduced to all-abilities dance by the company Dancing Wheels, whom she had the chance to study with during a summer intensive. Since then, she has become involved with all-abilities dance in Chicago, performing with MOMENTA Dance Company and other local choreographers. Haley works with Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts as the Front Desk Team Lead in addition to teaching.


Additional Information

Registration

Registration is simple! It is recommended that you complete registration online prior to the day of the workshop.

Tuition

Each workshop has a suggested donation of $5 per student. This is payable in person on the day of each workshop.

Attire

No special attire is required! Attendees should wear casual attire that allows for movement, and socks.

Adult Accompaniment

Workshop attendees are welcome to bring a parent or other support person to the workshop with them, if desired.