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Current Projects

Dancers Realize Excellence through Arts and Movement (DREAM): An inclusive dance program to promote participation in children with developmental disabilities. 

The DREAM project aims to evaluate the experiences of children with and without development disabilities who participate in a 5-day inclusion dance program in Harlem, NY. This study is a collaboration between Agnes McConlogue Ferro, Stony Brook University, and Dr. Lori Quinn, Teachers College, Columbia University. National Dance Institute (NDI) has partnered with Board certified pediatric physical therapist Agnes McConlogue Ferro to create a workshop that offers children of all abilities the chance to move, dance, and go beyond what they believe possible. Using NDI's unique pedagogy and the expertise of an NDI teaching artist team led by Master Teacher Kay Gayner, this 5-day program hones the abilities of learners with special needs through dance, live music, and performance. In this program, children with disabilities are paired with typically developing peers to maximize participation. Dancers work together under the guidance of Kay, Agnes, NDI teaching artists, and physical therapy students to master choreography and gain partnership and performance skills, working toward functional goals within a joyful, rigorous, and supportive group dynamic. The workshop culminates in an informal performance celebrating the children's achievements. This visual research will explore the children's self-perception and view of participation in the DREAM program. For more on this project, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7hjgYPDHF8.