dance for students with special needs
Friday 5:30 – 6:30 PM
We are humbled to have the opportunity to work with children and adolescents who have emotional, behavioral, learning, sensory and/or physical challenges, using dance and creative movement as a way to bring out their unique strengths and gifts.
Before beginning the class, each student and his/her parents will also complete an in-person intake session with the instructor(s) of the Adaptive Dance Program. A Lasley Centre staff member will contact you to schedule this meeting. If willing, parents are encouraged to bring a copy of the student’s IEP with them for the meeting, as classes may be designed to help support the student’s IEP goals.
The Adaptive Dance program will be taught by the Lasley Centre’s Creative Director, Belén Rodas. She has a social work degree and extensive experience working with students of all ages and skill levels.
B.A. in Psychology (Amherst College)
M.A in Social Work with a concentration on direct practice with children, youth, and families (Washington University in St. Louis)
M.A. in Public Policy with a concentration on education, social and family policy (Georgetown University)
Specialized training in teaching dance to children with special needs:
Enrolled in 92Y’s program to become a Registered Dance Movement Therapist (R-DMT):
This program is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association (adta.org) for becoming an R-DMT. Program completion scheduled for Summer, 2016.
For more details or to discuss the program further, please contact Belén Rodas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate if you are interested in joining our mailing list for future information about our Adaptive Dance program.
If possible, students should wear a standard dance uniform: black leotard and pink tights for girls; white shirts and black shorts for boys. If a student has sensory or other issues that are making this a challenge, then he or she should wear whatever will be comfortable. Bare feet or ballet slippers are acceptable.