I'm really interested in the [whatever preschool eclectic dance] class you're offering this fall. My daughter is five, and she has Down syndrome. She loves dancing, and she's learning to be better and better at following instructions and watching and imitating her peers. I wanted to confirm that this will be okay with this class.
I've gotten some responses that have suggested that, well, this might be okay, but we're just not sure. You know, we've had some kids with intellectual disabilities in the class before, but they couldn't pay attention the right way, so we've asked them to leave and try again next year. You know. Intellectual disabilities. So unpredictable. Not like the normal kids.
These places have obviously been a resounding NO for me. I've got no interest in subjecting Maybelle to the kind of scrutiny that immediately frames her as different and potentially problematic. In a class for 3-5 year olds, exactly how much dedicated attention do they expect?
I emailed DanceFX, a studio just down the street from our house. Here's the response I got to my message:
That's Awesome! We would love to have her come take class:) Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help her learn and grow with us. Thank You!Where do you think Maybelle will be attending dance classes this fall? DanceFX, and I want to give them public acclaim for their appropriate, enthusiastic reaction to having Maybelle in their Pre-K Discover Movement class, which sounds totally fun.
DanceFX: a great place for kids! (And also a great place for more adult dance, if you're interested in that).