Segerstrom Center for the Arts will hold two sessions of FREE dance classes for children with disabilities on Friday, November 11th. The classes have been developed for children with special needs such as those who are visually impaired, have autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome or other complex needs.
Children with disabilities will have the opportunity to experience the combination of dance, movement, and music with sensory experiences to ensure they have fun while exercising and improving balance, coordination, confidence through personal and social growth.
The first session will be at 10am and designated for children 4-6 years old. The second session, at 3pm, is for children 7 – 12 years old. Both are 45 minutes to an hour in length and will be held in one of the Center’s dance studios. The teaching teams include an experienced dance teacher, a licensed physical or occupational therapist and a professional musician. The environment is relaxed and informal, so children should wear clothes that are comfortable for moving about. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who will have this time to relax and enjoy the class.
The power of the arts to transform lives can be amazing. We’ve seen the positive effects these classes have had on other children – smiles, a sense of wonder and discovery. These and other programs offered in our Center for Dance and Innovation are expanding how we think about the arts and how we can use them in innovative ways to improve lives.” – Center President Terrence W. Dwyer
For more information about these workshops for children with disabilities, contact Susan Marie Kendall in the Center’s Community Engagement Department at [email protected] or 714.556.2122, 4337.
About Segerstrom Center for the Arts:
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an acclaimed arts institution as well as a beautiful multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages, offering unsurpassed experiences, and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring programs.
Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School, where students ages 3 – 18 are taught by acclaimed teachers utilizing the renowned ABT National Training Curriculum in studios utilized by the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers. The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events. The Center’s education programs are designed to inspire young people through the arts and reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the 14-acre campus also embraces the facilities of two independently acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.