Adaptive Dance Program

Exhale’s Adaptive Dance Program Fall/Spring Schedule

6-week session coming this fall, enrollment will open soon.

Grades 1st – 5th: Wednesday’s 5:30-6:15pm

New at Exhale, Adaptive Dance! Our adaptive dance program incorporates appropriate dance styles for children with learning, cognitive or physical disabilities in our comfortable temperature controlled, wheelchair accessible studio.

What to expect:

  • A safe space to build and foster friendships.
  • 45 minutes of fun, upbeat dancing.
  • Staff that is ready to meet the individual needs of its students taking into account their emotional maturity, attention span, and developmental stage.
  • An increase in confidence, cooperation, strength and coordination
  • Dancers can wear their own shoes and any active wear they feel most comfortable in. We just ask all shoes to be clean and dedicated only to our dance floor during for the length of the session.
  • Masks will be required at all times, with the exception of water breaks.

Meet our Adaptive Dance Instructors:

Director, Jennifer Cote (AKA Mrs. Jen), graduated from Dean College in 2008, receiving her BA in dance.  After graduating from college she studied with several renowned institutions and companies such as The Ailey School and Parsons Dance.  She feels blessed to have met and be mentored by numerous leaders in the dance industry including Joan Phelps Palladino, Denise Jefferson, Thelma Goldberg, Nailah Randall-Bellinger, David Connolly, Jill Silverman, and Margot Parsons.  Jennifer continues to attend dance workshops and classes, because, as her mentors taught her, dance education is a life-long process.  Her mission is to instill this life-long-love for moving and learning in her students.

Miss Shannen studied dance under the tutelage of Jennifer Cote at The Studio of Performing Arts in Canton MA. There she gained a love for dance that followed her into adulthood. She continued studying dance in college and received her Masters in Education from Lesley University. This love for dance and education are the perfect ingredients for an exceptional dance teacher. Jen is honored to have Shannen lead the tap program at Exhale. She is excited to continue to watch Shannen grow and flourish throughout the years.

Kaeley Cahill was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and has had a passion for dance her entire life. Kaeley is a soon to be graduate from Dean College. She will be leaving Dean with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in Dance Pedagogy and a Minor in Psychology. Through her time at Dean, she has had incredible opportunities throughout her coursework taking courses in Creative Movement, Pedagogy, Composition and psychology courses devoted to working with diverse learners. She has recently completed an internship working with students a part of the Dean Arch Learning Community, a program designated for students with diagnosed learning disabilities, where she has discovered her passion for teaching and assisting young students with disabilities. Kaeley, post-grad will be pursuing her Masters degree in Somatic Counseling with a concentration in Movement Therapy. Kaeley aspires to one day create a safe and welcoming space for children to learn and grow and she is just hoping to change the world one dance step at a time.