Date of Award
Honors Bachelor of Arts
Dance can be used as therapy and fun for those in the disability community. A quarter of adult Americans live with some form of disability, but there are not many dance programs that include them. This paper looks at an inclusive dance studio in Orlando, FL that serves children and adults and analyzes the benefits gained from participating in an inclusive dance program. To study this, parents of students and paraprofessionals who work with Chance 2 Dance, whether Chance 2 Dance comes to their organization or they recommended students to the studio, were interviewed. These interviews were analyzed thematically. A major benefit to students, parents, and paraprofessionals gained was the development of community and relationships with others who participate in Chance 2 Dance programming. Other benefits include improvements to physical aspects, socializing, self-expression, and enjoyment.
Po, Heidi, "The Effects of Dance on People with Disabilities" (2020). Honors Program Theses. 111.