Shooting Starz dance classes, added to our studio in 2019, is open to anyone with special needs. This sensory-friendly class will promote social interaction, creativity, and improve confidence and gross motor skills.
Many parents of a child that has special needs are often hesitant when it comes to placing their child in a dance class. They fear their child may be a distraction or may be too overwhelmed. Many dance classes and dance studios are different in their own ways. It is important to find the studio and the instructor that fits the demands of a child with specific needs. Having a child in a dance class has many benefits; it can improve well being in a physical, psychological, and cognitive way, making it especially beneficial for people with special needs. (From The Benefits of Dance For Children With Disabilities by Skylar Taavola, Northern Michigan University English Department)
Shooting Starz dance classes provides a therapeutic and artistic outlet for self-expression through the movement of dance and music. Classes will focus on creative movement, stretching, and being able to express emotions in a safe, judge-free environment while encouraging everyone to showcase their strengths and abilities.
We feel strongly regarding the need and the reward this program will offer children with special needs in our community. We are focusing on the outreach—not the money—to make sure we impact as many children as we can.
Classes are designed for children who prefer smaller class sizes to allow for enough support and supervision for those who need it. Class size is capped at 8 students.
We’ve been very excited to host this program throughout the 2019-2022 dance seasons and have been fortunate to have instructor Skylar Taavola’s expertise in special needs programs for children. We hope to be able to refresh the program for future dance seasons, so please check back for updates!