Every body can dance!
We are honored to partner with the New York City Ballet as they provide adaptive instruction for children who carry dance in their hearts but whose physical or cognitive differences often make traditional class settings inaccessible. This program celebrates the vision and generosity of our board member, Dr. D (Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky), who worked with the NYCB to create a “successful bridge between science and the spirit,” so all children can experience the joy of movement.
As a Major Education Partner of NYC Ballet (NYCB), we provide grants for programming that will support growth and increase joy for all levels of aspiring dancers. We truly believe dance is a gift to be shared by all. All donations help us make dreams a reality!
The NYCB Access Workshop gives children with physical and cognitive disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, joint diseases, and brain trauma special access to interact with the Dance Company. Workshops are led by NYCB Principal Dancers, with volunteer medical staff working 1:1 with students to assist with movement and coordination.
Each one-hour session is full of hands-on, personalized attention, so each participant is able to experience the joy of dance through a ballet class with live piano music. Parents are encouraged to sit and watch as their children discover new ways of moving. It’s a transformative experience, as seen in this video produced by the NYCB.
To learn more about this program please visit the NYCB’s Access Program page.
“The New York City Ballet has adapted, and made sure that every child is able to participate at whatever level they can…”
Sharing Happiness and Admiration
Since its start in 2014, the NYCB Access program has grown to 57+ workshops, serving more than 1,500 children and families. Words can’t fully capture the inspiration we feel each time we meet a class of students. It’s confirmation of our foundational belief that the gift of dance should be shared with all.
We are proud to sponsor an Access Program Workshop at the City Mission Schenectady. The City Mission benefits women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Mary Elizabeth Sell and Andres Zuniga from @nycballet led everyone in a warm-up and choreography inspired by The Garland Dance from The Sleeping Beauty, with Nancy McDill accompanying on keyboard. The mothers partnered with their children to share in this experience together. It was incredibly moving to see everyone connect with each other through dance