Neglia Ballet’s CityDance program is headed to a new school! After becoming a cultural partner with Arts Partners for Learning this year, Neglia Ballet will begin a 4-month residency at PS 42 Occupational Training Center in January of 2016. This residency will introduce dance and creative movement to the school’s 86 students, many of whom have never had the opportunity to study dance.
The Occupational Training Center assists young people ages 18 – 21 in acquiring vocational skills, maintaining job responsibilities and becoming independent adults. Students in the program receive individualized education to help them transition to adult life. At Neglia, we have created a curriculum for a dance and creative movement program specific to the needs and goals of School 42 students. Over the course of the fifteen weeks of instruction, students will gain spacial awareness, physical fitness, appreciation for the art of dance, and learn to better express themselves through movement.
The classes will include components of aerobic, flexibility and strength training to give students new creative ways to maintain an active lifestyle in their adult lives. Additionally, students will learn basic dance positions and terminology and be given opportunities to move in new, creative ways every class.
We are looking forward to expanding the reach of our CityDance program through this partnership with School 42. Thanks to APL, School 42 and Young Audiences of WNY for making this program possible. Stay tuned for more updates on the program when it begins in January!