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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month – OBS Offers Classes for Children with Down Syndrome October 24, 2016 |

Orlando Ballet is proud to be an advocate for Down Syndrome Awareness. Through our community outreach, we strive to provide the art of Ballet and dance to a wide arrange of audiences and students. Our Adaptive Dance Program is designed for children with Down Syndrome. “It’s not a ballet program,” said Dierdre Miles Burger, director at Orlando Ballet School, who launched the concept stemming from her previous experience in Boston. “It’s a dance program… More of an active and interactive class.”

Orlando Ballet School runs the Adaptive Dance program which is for children with Down Syndrome at our South School at 7988 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 204, Orlando, FL 32819. Classes are on Saturday at 10 a.m. for 10-week sessions. The current course started on September 10th and is catered to children 8-12 years old. Registration is $15 and tuition is $100 for the 10 weeks. If you are interested in joining this session, you will be responsible for the registration fee and tuition will be prorated.

Adaptive Dance is coordinated by Randee Workowski, our School Artistic Outreach Coordinator. “I’ve taken pride in being able to wear different hats when I teach─not just ballet shoes,” Workowski said. “We’re running it like a creative movement ballet class. We’ve opened it up to jazz movement and it’s become more fun.”

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We encourage those of you who might be interested in signing up call Julie Zimmerman, our School Manager, at 407.418.9830 if you have questions.

To register for our Adaptive Dance Program call Barbara St. Clair at our South Campus at 407.352.9733.

Find out more about our Community Outreach programs here. Please visit the National Down Syndrome’s Society for more information about National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.