The Stage Door Performing Arts, has announced the expansion of their program for students with special needs and individual learning differences. “There is a need for the opportunity for all students in our community to experience the benefits of dance in a professional setting. We have been working on this exciting Program for 3 years researching & advancing learning to offer purposeful dance classes that would give the opportunity to every student to experience the benefit of the joy from participation in the Performing Arts” said studio director of 28 years, Tania MacLeod.
Tania has completed certification as an instructor through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a clinically based hip hop dance program that utilizes sensory processing, kinesiology, and behavioral analysis as a foundation to build customizable classes for the students. “The purpose of such a comprehensive program is to provide our certified teachers with the tools and education necessary to effectively make a difference in their student’s lives,” said Tricia Gomez, Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. “Emerging research is showing that movement, music, and rhythm, when combined, light up the brain in ways that create new neuropathways. Dance is a powerful modality that offers an opportunity to build social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills. Plus it’s tons of fun!”
“We’re excited about the future opportunities this program will offer our community,” said Tania. “These classes have been available to the community since September 2019. The students serve as ambassadors by participating in local community performances to raise awareness of the importance of dance for everyone.”