Adaptive Dance (ages 3 and up)

Young Ballerina in the Adaptive Dance Program at Eastern Connecticut Ballet

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Program Description

Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program is designed for differently-abled children and adults ages 3 and up. In this 18 week program, students will experience a welcoming environment in which people of all abilities can gather to express themselves through dance. We utilize a structured curriculum based on Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance model, which encourages fine and gross motor development. Students will develop musicality, expression, coordination, and strength. With the help and guidance of volunteer occupational and physical therapists, faculty and volunteers are able to modify the class to accommodate each child’s physical and developmental strengths and needs.

Class Schedules

Adaptive Dance Program

2019-2020 Season
Class Day Time
Non Verbal Students and Students on the Autism Spectrum Monday 7:00 - 7:45pm
Students with Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities Friday 5:30 - 6:15pm
Summer 2020
June 22-July 30, 2020

Monday 5:30-6:15, Down Syndrome/Intellectual Disabilities

Monday 7-7:45, Non-Verbal/Autism Spectrum

Communities United Through Dance

In April of 2019, Eastern Connecticut Ballet partnered with students from The Arc of New London and created a dance which was performed at The Arc's 4th annual Film Festival held at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. We look forward to future collaborations with The Arc.

See part of their rehersal process by watching the video below:

Adaptive Program Sponsors

We thank our generous community Adaptive Dance Program sponsors:

  • Norm Needleman
  • Jacqueline Hubbard
  • Luigi's Restaurant, Old Saybrook
Adapative Dance Program at Eastern Connecticut Ballet in East Lyme, Connecticut
Eastern Connecticut Ballet adaptive dance program students working with instructors