The language of dance is something we all can speak. Regardless of age, race or physical disabilities, dance has the capacity to speak to our souls and provide a way for us to express ourselves with joy.
New York’s National Dance Institute is making sure that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunity to express themselves through dance as those more able-bodied with their Dancers Realize Excellence through Arts and Movement (D.R.E.A.M.) dance program.
D.R.E.A.M. is a five-day dance workshop based on NDI’s in-school program that invites children of varying abilities to freely express themselves through the art of dance. Working with physical therapists, teachers and dance students, the children are encouraged to reach for the stars – and have fun while they’re doing it.
Dance students team up with the various-abled children to help sharpen their performance skills and also provide a loving and supportive group environment. As the workshop comes to a close, the dance team puts on a performance for friends and family that warms their hearts and shows how important it is for inclusion to be part of the dance world.
And judging from the smiles of the children participating in the D.R.E.A.M. project, the inevitable joy that dance provides.
The National Dance Institute’s D.R.E.A.M Project Is Changing Children’s Lives
The Five-Day Dance Workshop Teams Up Disabled Children With Able-Bodied Children
The Team Works On A Dance Routine Together