Monday, August 17, 2009

Being a Ballerina

In the past, I've talked about how I used to take ballet, but I've never mentioned how grateful I am that the studio never once hesitated to let me take classes because I have Cerebral Palsy.

Recently, I read this article, published three years ago that talks about a ballet class for girls with Cerebral Palsy and other conditions located in Queens, New York. This class was established by Joann Ferrara,a physical therapist, because ballet studios were refusing to let these girls with Cerebral Palsy join.

Learn more or sign up for classes at, Dancing Dreams, Ferrara's therapeutic non-profit dance studio here.

In 2007, Ferrara published a pre-school level book entitled Ballerina Dreams, which shares the story of five little girls, with Cerebral Palsy, pursuing their dreams of dancing Ballet. Find it here.

The original article, along with a short video, was published in the New York Times and can be found here.
The post featured on Parent Dish can be found here.

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