Ballet for Special Children – NYCB’s Access Program featured on Lesley Stahl’s CBS Sunday Morning

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Ballet for Special Children – NYCB’s Access Program featured on Lesley Stahl’s CBS Sunday Morning

Angel Shine Foundation is proud to be a major education partner of New York City Ballet (NYCB).  We are thrilled to renew our major grant this year in support of the In-School Residency Programs that reach over 6,000 public school students across NYC and the Access Program that serves over 1,300 children with disabilities.

Below is a link to Lesley Stahl’s piece for CBS Sunday Morning on NYCB’s Access Programs for children with disabilities. It’s a wonderful segment!

NYCB Principal Dancers Sara Mearns and Adrian Danchig-Waring teaching a fun Nutcracker-themed Access program workshop.


Children have the freedom to dance!





NYCB invited over 4,000 NYC public school children for 2 Nutcracker performances!  The best way to see Nutcracker is with an all children audience.  ASF Board Member, Alexandria Altman and I found it truly magical!



We invited the children and families from our Access Program to attend a NYCB performance and hosted a party for them to celebrate their achievement.   With my favorite dance partner, Sarah!


NYCB Access Programs serve young people with physical and cognitive disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, joint diseases, and brain trauma. NYCB’s first adaptive ballet workshop was developed in 2014 in partnership with the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University, and programming has expanded dramatically in recent years, as illustrated by the following:

• Customized workshops began in 2014 with seven workshops, and in 2017-18 NYCB conducted 49 workshops which served nearly 1,300 people, all of which were free of charge to the participants.

• In 2018-2019 we anticipate serving 1,500 people with cognitive and physical disabilities.

• The 2018-19 Access Programs budget includes a 50% increase to allow for further workshops expansion.

NYCB has established customized programming for the Lincoln Center Passport Program for children on the autism spectrum, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Southampton Fresh Air Home, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, International Academy of Hope, Manhattan Star Academy, Henry Viscardi School, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital for patients with dystonia, and NYU Langone Medical Center – RUSK Pediatric Rehabilitation Center and Initiative for Women with Disabilities, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology.

In March 2018, NYCB named its programs for people with disabilities Access Programs and launched a page on the Company’s website along with a film which now has 765,000+ views. NYCB has received many inquiries from parents of children with disabilities who want to participate in the programs, and as a result we are engaging a broader public, growing the community we work with, and expanding our support network for participants. We will also for the first time offer a series of Access Workshops that are open to the public in 2018-19.




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