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Hubbard Street Pilots Two Adaptive Dance Programs

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Apr 24, 2014
Chicago, IL

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago annonced last week that they'll be piloting two adaptive dance programs:

  • The Autism Project, for youth with autism spectrum disorders in grades 1-6; and
  • Phsyically Integrated Dance, for neurotypical youth ages 8-16 with physical disabilities.

Five week pilot sessions for both programs will begin in June 2014. Findings and feedback gathered from these one-hour, once-weekly pilot classes will be assessed and applied to full sessions scheduled to begin in the fall.

These new programs will draw from findings and research gathered from Hubbard Street's past successful work with students on the autism spectrum, with Asperger's and sensory processing issues, and with physical and extreme emotional disabilities.

Kathryn Humphreys, Director of Hubbard Street's Youth, Education and Community Programs, says, "Hubbard Street's Education and Community Programs create environments in which everyone dances. Our Adaptive Dance Programs will focus on their participants' strengths - on their talents and potential, as they learn to see themselves as we see them: as dancers and choreographers. These new curricula will highlight concepts of the choreographic process, established dance techniques, and improvisation skills relevant to the goals of each individual. Work is well underway to secure our ability to offer these programs at little or no cost to participants."

About Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's (HSDC) is a contemporary dance company with four components: the main and second companies, Education & Community Programs, and the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Extensive Youth, Education and Community Programs, directed by Kathryn Humphreys, are models in the field of arts education, linking the performing company's creative mission to the lives of students and families. Hubbard Street also initiated the first dance-based program in the Midwest to help alleviate suffering caused by Parkinson's disease. Youth Dance Program classes at the Hubbard Street Dance Center include Creative Movement and progressive study of technique, open to young dancers ages 18 months to 16 years.

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Pictured Above: Hubbar Street Dance Chicago, photo by Todd Rosenberg


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