I was a dancer for 16 years, so I instantly felt a connection when I learned about the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s partnership with the Colorado Ballet. Along with the Anna and John Sie Center for Down Syndrome, the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Dance Class for children with Down syndrome allows children ages five to nine to learn the art of dance and movement with the members of the Colorado Ballet.
Dancing is such a fantastic form of art for children (whether they have special needs or not!). From my experiences growing up a dancer, it provided me with greater self esteem, a sense of accomplishment, lifelong memories, not to mention it is awesome exercise too! The ten-weekly dance classes work on kinesthetic and cognitive skills through movements that incorporate shapes, rhythm, and basic dance steps.
I wish we lived closer to Colorado so we could participate in this fun program when Molly gets older! Be sure and follow the Global Down Syndrome Center on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on their programs.
Did you know the Global Down Syndrome Foundation also has an annual fashion show?! This year the featured guest is Quincy Jones… yes *that* Quincy Jones! How cool is that?! I’ll save that fun story (and amazing pictures) for another day!
Do you have a dancer in your family? What does your child enjoy most about dance class?!
**I received no compensation for this post. I think this is a fantastic program and wanted to educate others about it. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **