We all have the ability to be creative, and its merits are well known. Exploring self-expression develops standards of excellence, a pride of achievement, and a curiosity about the world that supports successes in life. The adventure of exploring dance, for example, impacts many students in Darien, whether they are able-bodied or not.
After three strong years, DanceAbility, offered through the Darien Arts Center, enriches the lives of children and adults with disabilities through dance. This class incorporates creative movement and provides a supportive learning environment for students to explore the world of dance.
The social atmosphere in the classroom cultivates a common ground for all students. Working with physical therapist Kristin Schweizer, the program adapts to each student’s personal capabilities. By safely exploring options, the class creates self-empowerment by helping individuals discover new ways to express creativity.
DAC Dance teachers Bonnie Gombos and Marie Maccarone lead the class, and each student works with a Dance Buddy. These assistants are dedicated volunteers, long-time DAC students and members of the DAC Junior or Senior Dance Company. Class participants and their Dance Buddies form a special bond as they work together and learn from each other.
“We’re very proud of the program,” says Marie Maccarone. “Our pupils come alive when they discover how much they can do, because there’s really nowhere else that they can learn this.”
Classes begin on September 17th and are offered in six week sessions. Class meetings are on Mondays from 4:15-5pm and take place at the Andrew Shaw Memorial Scout Cabin (140 West Avenue). Call the DAC office at 203-655-8683 for information about signing up.