Help Support MYB's special ballet classes for children with physical disabilities.

About the Project

MYB offers therapeutic dance instruction to young children with physical disabilities through its Music and Motion classes. Inaugurated in 2004, Music and Motion provides these special young children the opportunity to experience the beauty of moving to music, the fun and excitement of a dance class, and the of challenge of achieving movements most children take for granted. In 2007, MYB installed a custom-designed overhead track system, the first of its kind in application, which allows each child to be suspended with the aid of a vest sling attached to a transverse rail system hung from above the ceiling, thereby giving the dancers complete range of motion.

Your Donation will support the purchase of new therapeutic equipment including vest slings as well as the maintenance and care of the overhead track system.

The Music and Motion program offers physical, emotional, and mental benefits to the students and families that exceed many of the traditional therapies available. In the last ​year, ​MYB alumni professional dancers visited the students to perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and the male dancers gave the students the experience of being partnered by lifting them as they would in a "pas de deux". ​ The students were also treated to a visit from New York City Ballet Principal, Teresa Reichlen ​who taught them a piece of Balanchine choreography. The Music & Motion classes have also had several Tai Kwon Do lessons, complete with uniforms, and a visit from a Redskins cheerleader!​

MYB’s Music and Motion program has been featured in many TV spots including WUSA9, Good Morning America ABC, Harris’ Heroes ABC7; and in print publications Frederick News Post, Medtronics Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, Special Supplement to Dance Magazine; and has received the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce award for community service.

The Music and Motion program is considerably more costly than our academy classes, with a licensed pediatric physical therapist, a specially trained ballet teacher, and a pianist for each class. In addition, MYB must continually monitor the overhead track system ensuring that it meets all safety guidelines bringing in a specially trained medical equipment systems company to inspect the bracing and supports located above the 16’ ceiling. Future plans for the program include purchasing new vest slings in different sizes to better accommodate the variety of body types.


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