Category Archives: Outreach Programs

Updates from our Outreach program!

Jessica Kostoff teaches one of our Outreach classes in Beachwood, Ohio. She has given us some insight on the progress of the students and what to look forward too!

The Beachwood adult class is amazing!  We have been having so much fun in class!  Everyone comes in excited to move!  During October we had a great Halloween class.  We played some games and worked on creative movement activities.  We played pass the pumpkin with a small pumpkin and pretended it was different weight and shapes and how to handle it like so.  We also did the Monster Mash!  The participants kept asking to do it again and again.  We also explored with movement across the floor as Halloween creatures.  A participant from the previous class requested that I bring in some disco music, and I did, so we built a dance together.  We went around the circle and each person added a movement on.  Everyone enjoyed being able to participate in the creation of a dance. 

 

                In the next few classes we are going to work further on building dances and movement phrases together and putting meaning behind them.  We are also going to work on a creative movement series called, “Ready, Set, Move”.   This has several steps to it and will take a few class periods.  It works a lot with listening and following directions.  It also works with colors, numbers and movements that they get to do and review all those skills.  I am looking forward to building more skills with them and enjoying the holidays with them.  They are a special group of people and I always look forward to going to see them!

Dancing Wheels loves spreading our message as well as giving people a chance to be themselves and dance with abandon! If there is a group of students, with or without disabilities, that you think would be interest in a program like this?

Then contact our office at (216) 432-0306 or email our School Coordinator at school@dancingwheels.org

 

From the Teachers perspective

Here is a word from one our newest teachers, Jessica Kostoff, about her experience thus far with teaching students of various abilities in one of our Outreach Programs!

This month, I started teaching the class at Beachwood Adult Activities Center. The class has 8 participants in it and are all new to the Dancing Wheels program. We have had two successful classes so far. The participants worked on gaining flexibility and strength as well as working on social interactions and building a community in the classroom. The participants also worked on interacting with each other through a ball passing activity and learned some movement fundamentals by going across the floor and learning a dance to the song Firework. This was a fun final summer activity for the participants. We used colorful scarves that they threw up in the air like fireworks at the end of the dance.

There was growth in the participants in just one week. The first week they did not know what to expect and needed motivation to move. The second week they were showing me what they remembered and participated throughout the entire class. I am looking forward to the next classes and including some fall and Halloween activities with them. We are all having fun and the participants are getting to work with others. Not only are they learning dance and movement elements from me, but I am learning from them too. It has been a great experience so far and I love this class!!!!

Jessica Kostoff

We’d like to thank Jessica for being a great new addition to the team!