Adaptive Dance

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This special creative movement class for students ages 3-7 of mixed abilities maintains an open environment in which all children can participate. Rhythmic activities guided by our team stimulate fine/gross motor and speech/language development, as well as sensory, visual and auditory processing skills, and MUCH MORE! Class size is limited.


  • Provide activities that lead to, support, and reinforce an understanding of dance by encouraging movement, creative activity, and sensory awareness.
  • Encourage appreciation and awareness of their own bodies and the bodies of others.
  • Stimulate fine and gross motor development.
  • Stimulate speech and language development.
  • Stimulate sensory, visual, and auditory processing skills.
  • Establish routines.
  • Encourage attention, cooperation, and impulse control.
  • Encourage exploration and self-expression through dance in a safe and structured environment.

 2016-17 Schedule

3-7 Year Olds
Saturday 11:30-12:00pm
Bolender Center
Saturday 12:15-12:45pm
Bolender Center

Fall Semester: September 10 – November 19

Spring Semester: January 28 – April 8

*Please see the School Calendar for Important Holiday Breaks. The last week of classes each Semester will be a Parent Watch Week.

Registration is closed for the 2016-17 school year. Please join us this summer for our Adaptive Dance Workshop!

Adaptive Dance Summer Workshop

 “Mouse Paint”

A Collaborative Dance Workshop with Kansas City Ballet School and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Students ages 3-7 of mixed abilities will explore the world of color and dance based on the award-winning book “Mouse Paint” (1986) by Ellen Stoll Walsh, where three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint. Dance education and live percussion provided by the Kansas City Ballet School. Visual art activities provided by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with a field trip and low-sensory tour on the final day.

June 20, 21, & 22 | Todd Bolender Center

June 23 | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

AD Summer Registration Form


Kansas City Ballet School Adaptive Dance Faculty are experienced practitioners of Creative Movement, Early Childhood Education, and Occupational Therapy for children with special needs.

Kim Gatchell – Dance Teacher
Erin Muenks – Dance Teacher
Chelsea Brown – Dance Teacher
Grace Lewis – Dance Teacher
Meg Larson – Occupational Therapist


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Children’s Therapy Group, Inc.

Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City

Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center

PlayABILITIES Pediatric Therapy Services