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Cresskill Dance Studio Expands Programs For Special Needs Students

The Modern/Ballet Intensive class.
The Modern/Ballet Intensive class. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Betsy Daly
Cresskill Performing Arts is utilizing sensory processing, kinesiology and behavioral analysis as a foundation to build customizable classes for its students.
Cresskill Performing Arts is utilizing sensory processing, kinesiology and behavioral analysis as a foundation to build customizable classes for its students. Photo Credit: Cresskill Performing Arts

CRESSKILL, N.J.– Classes for special needs individuals at Cresskill Performing Arts are scheduled to begin this month.

“There’s a lack of opportunity for this community to experience the benefits of dance," said Betsy Daly, the studio owner. "We set out to learn as much as we could so we could offer purposeful dance classes that would benefit the students far outside the studio."

Daly is a certified instructor/provider through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance , a clinically based hip-hop dance program that utilizes sensory processing, kinesiology and behavioral analysis as a foundation to build customizable classes for the students.

“The purpose of such a comprehensive program is to provide our certified teachers with the tools and education necessary to effectively make a difference in their student’s lives,” said Tricia Gomez, global director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. “Emerging research is showing that movement, music and rhythm, when combined, light up the brain in ways that create new neuropathways. Dance is a powerful modality that offers an opportunity to build social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills. Plus it’s tons of fun.”

“We’re excited about the opportunities this program will offer our community,” added Daly.

Gomez is the creator of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance , Hip Hop In a Box, and the Hip Hop Made Easy programs. She works as a consultant for the Disney Performing Arts Program.

For more information about Cresskill Performing Arts, click here or email studio-info@cresskillperformingarts.com.

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