Mia wanted to dance so badly and after many disappointing phone calls we had given up on finding a program that would allow her to dance. Mia's therapist told us about Dancing Dreams, and Mia's eyes lit up when we told her we found a program for her. Since being part of this extraordinary program, Mia has gained the confidence to dance freely with expression and meaning. Dancing Dreams gave my daughter a chance to fulfill a dream of hers to dance, and I am grateful for the happiness they gave my daughter.
Dancing Dreams has had a wonderful effect on our entire family. There is a real sense of community. She has made friends and so have we. We have turned the helpers into occasional babysitters who understand Freyja's needs. Best of all, Freyja has a place to go where she gets to feel special and talented and beautiful and she is valued for who she is. All of this together in a therapeutic environment has taught her so much. We are very proud to be part of the Dancing Dreams family!
Without this program, my severely disabled child would not have any opportunity to participate in any kind of art enrichment. This program is something she enjoys immensely outside of the classroom environment.
Lili's confidence level is at an all time high because of Dancing Dreams.
Michal belongs to a community of dancers who are accepting, motivating, friendly, and fun. Every child should have an opportunity to "belong" like this.
Having a program where your child is not the outsider is huge. Elizabeth feels part of a team and is confident in who she is at Dancing Dreams. The daily frustrations she encounters do not exist for the hour she is at dance. Here she is just a little girl learning ballet with her friends. This program should be the standard for special needs programs across the country.
Dancing Dreams has created a community for Caitlin where she has made friends, increased her awareness of her capabilities, not disabilities, and cultivated her love of dance.
Kristina is non-verbal and making friends can be difficult for anyone with communications difficulties. This year, I saw that Kristina really reached out to other students to make new friends. Dance gave the students something in common and this, in turn, gave Kristina the opportunity to communicate with her fellow students.
Prior to Dancing Dreams, Sky had been bullied in school and it had affected her confidence. Once she began dancing, she blossomed and got her confidence back!
Dancing Dreams is a wonderful program for children with complex chronic medical issues. It significantly improves their quality of life, socialization skills, physical ability, and enjoyment of the arts. It gives them a sense of belonging to a very positive group.
Leah has always loved music, but she lacked confidence and struggled with her physical challenges. Dancing Dreams has made a true dancer out of her. She had learned that she too can dance.
Dancing Dreams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a three fold mission:
Classes are held weekly in our two locations. They are designed to allow our dancers to experience the joy of dance regardless of their physical ability. The year ends with an Annual Performance, an onstage celebration of the achievements of our students.
Teen volunteer "Helpers" are enrolled in the Dancing Dreams Leadership Program. Helpers attend workshops to enhance leadership skills and are paired with a dancer whom they assist at weekly classes and performances.
Through community outreach, especially to elementary school children, we aim to increase awareness of and tolerance for those with physical challenges.