A Dance Class for Children of ALL Abilities and Their Siblings

Yes, I Can! DANCE, is a Dance class for children of all abilities. No matter the diagnosis we are offering a class designed to meet the special needs community. YICD in association with the West Virginia Dance Company takes mobility and sensory into consideration with this open class environment. We encourage siblings and parents to participate.

We have received great response to the idea of a dance class for Special Needs Children and their families. This program is offered for a limited time at no cost.

Classes will be held in the OT Classrooms of
New River Community and Technical College – 109 E Main Street, Beckley.
2nd floor- Elevator Available

Tue., February 25th– 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tue., March 11th– 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tue., March 25th– 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

YICD is a project of the Down Syndrome Family Support Group of Southern West Virginia, but is open to all children of the Special Needs Community.

Our Instructor: Nicki Shackleford

A Washington DC native, Nicki Shackleford has performed, taught, and choreographed in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. She is a 2013 graduate of Radford University, where she earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance

and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. During her time at Radford, she had many wonderful opportunities to perform modern, ballet, and jazz works. She trained extensively in dance at the Washington School of Ballet, spending summers at intensives with the Orlando Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Susan Jaffe’s Princeton Dance and Theatre, and the Virginia Governor’s School for Visual & Performing Arts. Nicki has recently begun working with Broadway Bound International Dance & Theatre Conventions. Nicki began working with Toneta Akers-Toler as the dance captain for The Wizard of Oz and Rocket Boys the Musical at Theatre West  Virginia. This is her first season with the West Virginia Dance Company.

Registration/RELEASE Form: (Please print clearly)
Student’s Name:___________________________________________________________
Sibling Participants: ________________________________________________________
Parents/Guardians’ Names:__________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________________

To better prepare for the class we would like to ask a couple of questions about the student:

What are his/her Special Needs/Diagnosis:

Does he/she have an apparatus or orthotics?

Are there other conditions we should know about? (i.e. vision, hearing impaired, sensory)

Students should dress comfortably in t-shirts and active wear. Please bring your own water or beverage. Since there will be substantial movement, we ask that students wear all orthotics and use any apparatus as medically

needed. We will work them with hopes they will fully participate and get the most out of every class.

NOTE: PARENTS/GUARDIANS are required to stay during the class. You know your child best. We ask that you stay as an encouragement to your child as well as a supervisor of his/her condition. By signing this form, you agree that you will stay during all classes and you also acknowledge that the student is medically able to participate. As you and your students are participating of your own free will, you agree to hold forever harmless and release all participating entities including but not limited to The Down Syndrome Family Support Group of Southern West Virginia, The West Virginia Dance Company, New River Community and Technical College, as well as all members and organizers, of liability of any kind whatsoever, including injury or death that may occur. If you are not in agreement with this provision and are not willing to further attest by signature of your acceptance to these terms, we recommend you do not participate. By signing this registration form, you are releasing all involved entities of all liability and agree to the concept of this program.

Signature ___________________________________ Date:___________________________


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