Open House opens opportunities
At the Center, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a positive, joyful experience through the arts. Studio D: Arts School for all Abilities was created in 2016 to help fulfill that need.
At the Center, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy a positive, joyful experience through the arts. Studio D: Arts School for all Abilities was created in 2016 to help fulfill that need. Studio D is an inclusive school for people of all abilities, but was specially designed for those with physical and cognitive disabilities, sensory sensitivities, hearing and visual impairments and other complex needs. It’s full of fun and laughter for the students, but it has a serious purpose. The students explore their creativity and self-expression and interact with others in their age group in an environment that promotes social skills, health, and well-being. It’s an experience they might find difficult to discover elsewhere.
You can learn more at a Studio D open house on Saturday, January 21—we’ve created a fun and interactive afternoon to introduce this innovative program to more people. There will be a free Adaptive Yoga class on Argyros Plaza at 11 am and everyone is welcome to join in. The open house will follow from noon to 1 pm. This is an opportunity to see the studios, meet faculty, learn about the class activities, and sign up for spring classes, which will run from January 31–May 20. There will be two additional opportunities to try a Studio D class on January 14 and 28 when the faculty will lead the original Studio D Dance & Music curriculum on the Argyros Plaza from 11 am–12 pm. These classes are also free and the whole family can participate together.
Studio D classes take place in the dance studios at the Center with class age groups ranging from 4 to adults 18+, and maximum class capacity is 10 students, allowing for tailored lessons and the opportunity for the students to develop friendships. Two professional teaching artists and a licensed occupational or physical therapist lead every class, and little gains are always celebrated. For some students, this is their first time trying a new dance move or learning proper vocal warmups. Snaps, silent applause, and high fives are provided in abundance creating a very positive learning environment for the students. Trained volunteers are also a part of every class, supplying an additional layer of support and encouragement.
"My daughter loved the class, the teachers, and all the new friends she made. We, her parents, have loved everything, as she left the studio very happy every week," says Beatriz, mother of a young dancer.
All the exercises are adaptable to the students’ abilities. “Students who use devices for mobility enjoy creating their own way to participate in the class,” says Ashley, a Studio D dance teacher. “If the class is doing a jumping exercise, a child in a wheelchair might pop small wheelies as their own way of joining in.”
All students in Studio D, no matter their ability or personal history, come away from classes with something new. Feedback from one family noted, “The program is so creative and very achievable with no stress.” Students can take what they have learned into their life outside the studio and find new ways to connect with others and express themselves. It makes them more confident to try new things and explore new skills. Studio D helps everyone shine a little brighter.
No RSVP is required for the Studio D open house, so learn more about the school on January 21! If you have any questions, please email Community@scfta.org.