This fall, Les Studios of Les Grands Ballets is launching several adapted classes for people with special needs including those with Down syndrome and autism. Classes will be taught by professional ballet dancers every Sunday starting Sept. 17.
Classes for 6- to 14-year-olds with Down syndrome will be taught from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for those aged 15 and up. A class for kids and teens on the autism spectrum will be taught from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“We found that there is a need for these types of classes,” says Amy Éloïse Mailloux, Coordinator for Les Grands Ballets’ National Centre for Dance Therapy. “Participants are provided with a safe environment where they can express themselves without fear of being judged.”
The program — and dance therapy in general — is known to benefit the mental and physical well-being of those with special needs, while also providing a creative outlet, according to Mailloux.
There will also be classes for seniors with Parkinson’s disease, those with mild cognitive impairment and people who need muscle strengthening.
Adapted classes will be offered in 12-week sessions and cost $276. The studio was recently relocated to the fourth floor of the Wilder Building on 1435 Bleury St. next to Place-des-Arts metro station.
For more information, visit grandsballets.com.