1 Chance 2 Dance Review Essay

 Inclusion - Impact - Culture 

Everyone Deserves "A Chance To Dance"

Children with special needs and learning differences are often excluded from traditional dance and arts programs. It’s our collective mission to provide the education and tools necessary for teachers, students, and parents to effectively facilitate inclusion, giving all “A Chance to Dance!”


 A Chance to Dance Initiatives can be a great marketing business tool.
Participation in activities creates community exposure
Empowers students teaching they can make a difference!
Opportunities to win scholarships and prizes

A Chance to Dance Mob - #NDFAChancetoDanceMob

Beginner Routine - click here

Organize students - family members - friends - staff
Learn NDF's choreography or create your own
Invite and include special needs students to join your dance mob                      
        - creates atmosphere of inclusion
- encourages sharing and giving
Perform a dance mob in your community - adult communities - local schools - dance classes
         Help educate and create awareness
         Gain positive publicity for your studio/organization
Wear the NDF A Chance to Dance t-shirt - add your name to the back of shirt so everyone "knows your name"

Video Deadline - September - March -  in A Chance to Dance t-shirt. Group with the most likes wins. Get Creative
Prize - each member of the A Chance to Dance dance mobs wins a pair of Pastry's Cassassta Dance Sneakers

All entries will be notified in advance when they will be posted on Facebook to let family and friends know so they can take part.

A Chance to Dance Photo Contest   

Group photos with the most people wearing the A Chance to Dance t-shirt wins! 

Photo Ideas: Organize a "wear your shirt to work/school day" - during School performance- activity in   community- your dance mob group

Photo Deadline - September - March

A portion of the t shirt purchase price will go towards providing educational scholarships for dance teachers to become certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructors. In addition, a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the Wingman Program to provide qualified teachers with the Wingman Program Guide, Tools, and Activities to empower their students to accept and include participants of all abilities!

Click here for Video/Photo Submission

Scholarships opportunities for those who have or hope to provide dance education opportunities to those with special needs and learning differences. 

Click here to learn more about the  A Chance to Dance Scholarship.

Join us as we team up with Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and the Wingman Program in helping to make it happen!


RWID is founded on evidence-based practices of sensory integration, kinesiology, movement safety, and behavioral analysis.  RWID has re-imagined purposeful dance and its use in achieving developmental goals for kids with individual learning differences and other special needs.  Through intensive online and in-person instructor certification workshops, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructors are well equipped with the knowledge and awareness needed to effectively implement inclusive and specialized dance classes.  Learn more at http://www.rhythmworksid.com


Dylan’s Wings of Change is a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan Hockley, one of the first grade victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on December 14th, 2012. The foundation is devoted to children with autism with programs to ensure their opportunity to develop to their maximum potential through sports, the arts and technology.  The Wingman Program empowers participants with leadership and courage to break down barriers, go above and beyond for others, and create acceptance and empathy through a series of activities and rewards.  Donations to the foundation ensure the program guide and rewards items are provided to dance programs free of charge!  Learn more at  www.WingmanLeague.org

Might be entertaining for the teenage crowd.

We came across this movie on Netflix streaming. My wife especially likes the movies where young dancers perform so we tried this one. Frankly it is so "camp" that we were not able to stay awake to finish it before bedtime. So the next morning I put it back on to finish. The main story, of a new transfer to a high school who then gets mistreated by the mean girls clique has been done so many times there isn't really anything new here. Plus the actors are all trying to start a career so they really do come across as dancers trying to act. Some are better than others.

The star is cute Lexi Giovagnoli, age range totally unknown, as Gabby Colussi. She is from California, she hopes to go to medical school, but for some reason transfers to a high school in S. Carolina. She finds out about a dance club and an upcoming competition and since dance is her first love is easily talked into joining them.

There is a vain mean girl, who envisions herself as God's gift to dancing, she and her mean mother, the school Principal, try to see to it that Gabby fails. But a nice young man, also age range totally unknown, is Justin Ray as Brad McBride who desperately needs tutoring, that is how he gets hooked up with Gabby. But we find out he is also a former dancer and Gabby bargains with him, she will keep tutoring him if he agrees to be her dance partner.

There is nothing particularly interesting or surprising in the resolution to the overall story. The nice and worthy students get what they seek while the lying, cheating students get their comeuppance. Some of the young actors may have futures in the business but they need better roles.

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