SEAMLESS DANCE THEATER INC
January 19, 2011
For the past two years Seamless has supported the development of a program to provide a dance class for children with special needs. As a faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Education Department at the University of Kansas we developed a collaboration with seamless in an effort to give children with special needs access to dance regardless of their disability. Occupational therapy graduate students assist with the class each week to provide extra support to the students that need extra assistance. We have children with a variety of physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges that come together each week to enjoy dance. Erin Lustig the director of Seamless connected us with Tarrah Bossert a dance instructor that has volunteered her time with assistance from Lucy Elbel a dance student at Starstruck Performing Arts Center. Seamless has provided studio space to us free of charge and has provided ongoing support with costumes and connecting us with children in the community that want the opportunity to dance. With donations from the community we are able to provide dance classes and costumes at no cost to the students. I have been an occupational therapist for 25 years and this dance class has been the most enjoyable experience of my career. Watching the enjoyment and the accomplishments of these children each week has been remarkable. This class would not have been possible without the support of Seamless Dance Theatre
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The support they have provided to make this dance class possible. Their support has also facilitated interactions with the kids from the dance studio where the kids have their class.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Continue to expand opportunities to create additional dance classes in the community.
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Provides exposure to a leisure activity for children that might not otherwise have access to dance.
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Professional with expertise in this field & Each week we have a dance class for children with special needs. Some of the kids have never had the opportunity to dance. Some have taken various dance classes but have never had the opportunity to perform. Our goal is to participate in a dance compet.