Kids Dance Outreach Adaptive Dance gives young children with Down syndrome the opportunity to develop social, emotional and physical skills in a safe environment through the discipline of dance. This is much more than just about learning dance steps, the skills learned will enable students to be successful in the future. Our programs improve focus, listening skills, discipline, social abilities, physicality and ultimately self-confidence that leads to success in school and opens more opportunities later in life. Classes are taught by Kids Dance Outreach Directors and Faculty and supported by licensed physical therapists and professional musicians.
KDO Adaptive Dance also provides parents a choice for their children with Down syndrome, and creates networking opportunities amongst the families and staff.
BRINGING ADAPTIVE DANCE TO INDIANAPOLIS
This program is modeled after an amazing collaboration between Children’s Hospital Boston and the Boston Ballet that resulted in the first program of its kind in the nation. Adaptive Dance was first created by Physical Therapist, Michelina Cassella and Gianni DiMarco, a long time dancer with the Boston Ballet. Both serve as advisors to Kids Dance Outreach.
The program has been developed in Indianapolis with the council of Dr. Fernando Escobar, MD, MS (Director of the Medical Genetics and Neurodevelopmental Center at Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital St. Vincent), Dr. Kerstin M. Sobus, MD (Riley Children’s Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) and the on-site expertise of Whitney Harrison PT, DPT (Pediatric Physical Therapist at Riley).