Children with Challenges

Creative Dance for Children with
Physical/Developmental Challenges

Section I: 4–5 p.m. Tuesdays • Section II: 4–5 p.m. Thursdays

Updated Information Coming Soon!

Placement in Section I or II is by instructor.

The Class…Beginnings
Some years ago, Galynn White, a little girl who had been born with osteogenesis imperfecta, announced to her respite care provider, Jerry Hull, that she wanted to become a ballerina when she grew up. Jerry called the Ballet to see what could be done. Recognizing that the joy of dance should be for everyone, the Ballet was delighted in 1990 to establish a ballet class geared for children with physical or developmental challenges. Audiences look forward to seeing the class in the annual Student Performance in May at the DECC Auditorium.

The Ballet now offers the class in two sections to better accommodate students’ range of experience and abilities.

The Class…Activities
The class begins with isolation exercises of the head, neck, shoulders, and hips, taking into account the mobility restrictions of each student. Stretches not only properly warm up muscles for the activities to come, but they increase flexibility. Once muscles are warmed up, then various exercises/activities build muscles and coordination.These stretching and strengthening exercises are adapted to the individual abilities of each student.

Once students are properly warmed up, they begin dance instruction, including floor patterns, rhythm, and basic dance steps, again all tailored to the abilities of each student. The small class size allows each student to receive individual attention and encouragement.
The main objective of the class is to expose students to the joy of movement. Other objectives include improving self-esteem, musicality, motor skills, and discipline. Accompanying music features a variety from Broadway musicals to the classics.

The highlight of the school year is the opportunity to perform in the annual School of the Minnesota Ballet Student Performance, held at the DECC Symphony Hall. Students not only gain performing experience, but they show parents, friends, and the community the skills they have diligently worked on during the year.

Financial aid is available.

For more information on how to register, or tuition,

School of the Minnesota Ballet
(218) 733-7570

The Creative Dance Class Instructor is Rachel Fuchs, a  former Minnesota Ballet Senior Apprentice and former Creative Dance Assistant.