Launching the Special Educational Needs (SEN) tiny toes dance programme
Dance is a wonderful form of self-expression, exercise and creativity. Many children love to move to music, it makes them happy. Dance traditionally transcends barriers of race, class, age and gender. Therefore, surely dance classes should be accessible to all children regardless of their additional needs?
We are so excited at tiny toes ballet, to be launching our very own Special Education Needs dance programme. Our founder Emma Morgan, a professionally trained ballet dancer, RAD registered ballet teacher, experienced primary school teacher and Qualified Paradance teacher has liaised with Special needs dance consultant and physiotherapist, Louise Bowman, to create this brand-new dance offering. Both Emma and Louise are fully accredited with Paradance. Para Dance UK are the national governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK. They aim to develop and promote dance as a sport and an inclusive leisure activity across the country for those who would otherwise be excluded.
‘The best thing about being involved in inclusive dance is seeing the children happy and knowing that we are making them feel normal. A lot of children, especially older children, understand that they are different but we are giving them the opportunity to undertake dance, and activity that has in the past has been impossible for them. This is a big relief for parents and carers too, who are looking for exciting activities that both inspire their children and will help to keep them fit. Many have said our program is a breath of fresh air.’ Emma Morgan, Founder of tiny toes ballet