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The Dance Instructor is responsible for instructing children and adults with special needs in the art of dance. Dance Instructor will prepare performance routines for the annual show. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach approximately 4-8 dance classes per week using a variety of dance styles and creative movement
  • Plan weekly classes as well as modify instruction as needed
  • Communicate with families and supervisors weekly regarding student progress and/or challenges after classes or sometimes follow up by phone
  • Weekly communication log
  • Serve as a mentor to classroom volunteers
  • Prepare dance pieces for annual performance for each class from start to finish; including choreography, costuming, music selection, props & teaching students
  • Ability to move intermittently throughout the work day, inclusive of sitting, standing and bending, pushing, pulling, or moving objects or student
  • Attend Monthly Teachers Meeting
  • Collaborate with other instructors when applicable
  • Attend fundraising events as able
  • Contribute content when applicable; interviews for blogs, social media, tv
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed

Due to the pandemic, we had to get creative with this year’s annual performances. To ensure COVID-safe performances, we hired a professional videographer to pre-record our dances music video style! These dances were filmed in front of a green screen in the studio as well as on location around Buffalo and aired as one “movie” at the Transit Drive-In Theatre on June 9 & 10. We also had a streaming option for our loved ones out-of-town!

While it certainly wasn’t the performance we are used to, we are incredibly grateful that we could present this opportunity for our dancers and volunteers—it was incredible to see our dancers on the big screen and to see their smiling faces again! 

We can’t say thank you enough to our incredible dancers, caring volunteers, dedicated teachers and staff, Board of Directors, sponsors, committee members, and the newest member of our danceability family, editor Matthew Salzler, for ensuring this week happened. We are truly grateful beyond words for all the support we have received for this show.

Danceability, Inc. is an individualized dance, fitness and movement program serving the special needs community in Buffalo, New York.

Our studio is led by qualified staff and dedicated volunteers who create a nurturing environment that empowers our students to flourish and grow while promoting a healthy lifestyle and we have a little fun along the way.

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Danceability is an individualized dance, fitness and movement program serving the special needs community. Our studio is led by qualified staff and dedicated volunteers who create a nurturing environment that empowers our students to flourish and grow while promoting a healthy lifestyle… and we have a little fun along the way.

Danceability has temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but you can still dance with us by signing up for our Summer Virtual Classes or our Virtual Fitness Frenzy.

Danceability is an individualized dance, fitness and movement program serving the special needs community.

  • No dance experience required!
  • Must be at least 16 years old (we get volunteers from all walks of life!)
  • Volunteer just one hour a week from July – August or September – May
  • Earn invaluable work experience while making new friends

Call the studio at 716-651-0094 or email us at danceabilitywny@gmail.com to learn about our current volunteer opportunities and how you can get involved!

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Over the years, we have covered a number of different dance groups, all of which specialize in their own forms, from tango to ballet. Until I heard about the group Danceability, I was not aware that there was a dance outfit dedicated to fulfilling the demands for special needs dancers.

I reached out to Krystal Testa at Danceability to learn more about the organization. Krystal, who has been an active volunteer with the group for 11 years, told me about a number of ways that Danceability is growing, including moving into a 5000 square foot building (2365 George Urban Boulevard 2.5 times the current space), a third studio, new teachers, enhanced programming, and the build out of a new waiting room for dancers with sensory issues.

Danceability is an individualized dance, fitness, and movement program serving the special needs community.

Once I realized the extent that Danceability was growing, co-founder Robin Bishop was brought into the conversation. This is what Robin had to say:

Who started the program?

Myself and Christine Dwyer, 12 years ago. We are both Buffalo natives. I am a dancer and a licensed social worker and she is a dancer and a Kenmore special education teacher.

What is your role with the group how and when did you get started?

I am now the Executive Director. When we first started, we were volunteers for the first 2 years, but the program grew so much that I eventually left my job at the time as an Artist in Residence at Childrens Hospital and became the programs first and still only fulltime employee. I run the program, but I am also an instructor.

Is there any other program like it in the area?

There are other dance studios who both work with those with special needs and there are some mainstream dance studios that offer one or two classes for those with special needs. We separate ourselves from the rest by focusing on not only what happens in the dance studio; fun & therapeutically, but also by focusing on the caregivers well-being as well.

How does someone qualify as a dancer?

Technically, anyone can dance at danceability, but we specialize with those within the special needs community. We take children as young as 3 to adults, and no one ever ages out! We have boys, girls, men and women, ambulatory or non-ambulatory.

What are some of the special needs that you encounter?

Autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, mental illness, and many more.

Can you tell me more about the new waiting room for dancers with sensory issues?

One of the issues of our current studio is that when the waiting room is crowded, dancers who are waiting for their class can often get overstimulated and upset so they are forced to wait in their car or walk the sidewalk until class time. The new sensory space hopes to create peaceful place for them to wait through a variety of sensory things; swings, rocking chairs, and a few surprises.

Following are the plans for the new space:

What are some of the other features that you have that allow dancers with special needs to participate?

In addition to our dance program, we hold birthday parties at the studios (again for all ages) where dancers can host a birthday dance party with all their favorite music and friends and catered to them in a low key environment different from some popular party places that tend to be crowded and overwhelming to the special needs community. These can book booked by emailing or calling the studio.

Where do you receive funding?

Dancers do pay tuition also comparatively less than other studios. However, about 20% of our dancers receive scholarships from generous community donations (which we are always looking for). We also receive donations and hold fundraising events like our upcoming Halloween party, Comedy Night and annual golf tournament.

Do the dancers perform at other places in WNY?

In the past, we have performed at the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk, Hunters Day of Hope and a few other community events.

Are all dancers now accommodated?

Our new studio hopes to bring in the dancers that were on last years waiting list and we still have room to register more dancers. Registration is rolling until November, but register the sooner the better.

Whats next for Danceability?

Our Next Step Campaign and buildout of this new space is the biggest thing Danceability has EVER done! Once it is complete, I think we will take a breather, enjoy it for a while and keep providing a great service to our dancers. We are still looking for corporate sponsors to help us reach our $300,000.00 goal! Give us a call if you can help, or go to crowdrise.com.

Anything else?

Our show is always the Saturday before Mothers Day. However, we are currently looking for a new handicapped accessible space that holds over 700 people for this years show. Please call 716-651-0094 if you can help.