On Saturday, August 10th, the American Autism Association held its graduation at Pearl Studios in New York City for many amazing ballet dancers in our Ballet for All Kids Summer 2019 class. 

This program utilizes the Schlate Method to instruct all individuals in their unique learning styles. Our instructor, Ms. Elbogen, uses visual, auditory, vestibular and emotional intelligence to teach all students in a way that is best suited for them. Ms. Elbogen uses a variety of props such as fans, tiaras, and handkerchiefs to engage students and teach them the correct ballet positions and dance moves.

One of our amazing ballerinas and Executive Director, Eliane Abou-Assi, during class.

The students had the opportunity to learn basic ballet positions as well as various ballet jumps and turns throughout the five-week session. Each class, the students built on what they have previously learned. Their ballet technique improved each week, and their enthusiastic was evident throughout the course of the programs.

With the help of our volunteers, the students were able to display their improvements and skills to all. Julia Chodash, a frequent volunteer at the program, describes her experience at our Ballet for All Kids program, “I have enjoyed every minute of it and I know I have learned more from the children than they have learned from me! It was amazing to watch them grow as individuals through dance.”

During the final class, the parents and caretakers of the ballet dancers were asked to leave the room while the students prepared for their final performance. They combined all of the ballet moves that they have learned from the five classes and put it into a beautiful dance!

Congratulations to all of our students who have completed the summer program!

Some of our students, our volunteers, and our instructor stretching before ballet class. Source: Facebook

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