Special Needs Class Info & Schedule
All About Darby's Dancers Special Needs Class at UDA
The Special Needs dance program at UDA is designed for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities such as down syndrome, (ASD) autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and other developmental delays (including those requiring use of a wheelchair). Our goal is to enrich the lives of these children through the exploration of movement and dance concepts in a safe and structured environment.
Darby’s Dancers is a non-profit organization founded by the parents of Darby Jones of Huntsville, Alabama. Darby’s Dancers provides an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in the performing arts through dance education.
At once-a-week classes, Darby's Dancers learn all types of dance in a fun, encouraging atmosphere. Dancers in the program gain confidence, coordination, strength and lifelong friends, all while feeling like a star. DD also provides volunteer opportunities for teens. Our youth volunteers (buddies) learn important lessons in responsibility and friendship by providing one-on-one assistance to a special needs dancer.
DD classes are taught by volunteer dance instructors and take place at Utah Dance Artists (South Jordan location). The charitable contributions of youth volunteers, dance instructors, Utah Dance Artists and local businesses allow DD to provide dance classes, supplies and costumes to special needs dancers at no cost to their parents.
I love dance class! It feels like a party every week and all those mirrors on the wall just double the fun because it looks like I have twice as many friends! Dancing is great because it lets you move around in creative ways to music and hang out with friends! That’s one of life’s best combinations—music and friends! - Carly Jamieson, Darby's Dancers Student