dance | adapted program
dance | adapted program
Adapted Dance and Musical Theatre Classes for Kids
The adapted dance and musical theatre classes are for students aged 7 to 18 years old who are interested in learning to sing and dance and have developmental or neurological disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Global Developmental Delay. The adapted classes will expose students with different physical needs to general fitness and the creative arts through specially designed programming for singing, dancing and acting. Each class is one-hour in length and takes place once a week, on Saturdays.
Through this program, the students will learn and perform musical theatre songs and scenes. These singing activities will help improve breathing control, cardiovascular endurance, enunciation, dictation and phrase formation. While learning the dance curriculum, students will improve their physical strength, flexibility and coordination.
The adapted classes will give students a sense of belonging, improve their self-esteem and confidence.
Please contact the office for more details and information on requirements for successful participation in this program.
Program Leader & Teacher
BA, OTA, PTA
Sarah received her BA in child psychology and philosophy from the University of Waterloo and continued on to study at Humber College to become a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Sarah worked as an OTA/PTA at Holland Bloorview Children's Rehabilitation Hospital located in Toronto, Ontario as well as Toronto East General Hospital and Sunnybrook Heart & Stroke Foundation, Centre for Stroke Recovery. Through her clinical work experience, Sarah has had the opportunity to work closely with, and gain exposure to, a variety of programs and research such as being a part of the child development program.
Sarah has been with Studio PAVAS since it opened, first as a dancer and eventually a teacher. She has been a competitive dancer since the age of 6 and has studied in a variety of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Sarah has been involved with the studio musicals for the last 10 years and Directed and choreographed 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown', 'High School Musical', and 'Seussical the Musical'.
Classes will be assisted by a certified singing coach, 1 or 2 (depending on registrations) OTA/PTA and 1 or 2 volunteers with experience working with children with balance and coordination issues.