warm up before tryouts for Liberty Dance
Center’s Performing Company on Tuesday night.
— Liberty Dance Center, 404 Travis Lane, is offering a
free dance education program for children with special
needs with the help of Darby’s Dancers, a national
nonprofit dance organization.
program will be completely free to the families of the
participating dancers, including weekly classes, dance
shoes, attire and recital costumes,” Katy Moody, owner
of Liberty Dance Center, said in a press release.
close family and friends that work with children with
disabilities, Moody said she always had this idea for a
program. After meeting Valerie Jones, founder of
Darby’s Dancers, in February at a convention, the
program became a reality.
felt like it just fit,” Moody said. “It’s
something we want to kick off and make it a full part of
program will begin during the studio’s summer session
starting June 20 and running until the end of July, with
classes on Tuesday afternoons. The program will then
resume with the school year, with classes on Saturdays.
There will be two classes, one for children ages 4 to 7
and another for children ages 8 through teens.
have several local businesses generously offering
donations to help us launch these classes,” Moody said
in a press release.
dance clothing store Ballera will provide free shoes for
the dancers. Other local businesses involved in the
program include Chef Jack’s, Meijer Foods, Roundy’s,
RE/MAX Service First and Culver’s on North Grandview
special needs student who joins the program will be
paired with a student helper. Moody said the student
helpers were required to fill out applications and
collect recommendations to ensure that they will be a
good fit for the position. Along with the dance
instructor, there will also be coaches to assist during
have a really good advisory panel to make sure we have
everything covered,” Moody said.
plans for the program to offer ballet, jazz and hip-hop,
although she said they will adjust the class to match
each child’s needs so the students feel comfortable.
the school year begins, Moody said, she is planning on
having the students put on a recital with outfits.
will get the whole experience,” Moody said.
Dance Center is open to suggestions regarding the
classes and welcomes parents and children interested in
participating to attend an open house at 6 p.m. on
Wednesday. During the open house, children interested in
participating can take part in a session to become
acquainted to the space and the teachers while parents
learn more about the program and provide feedback. Shoe
sizing will also take place for the students who plan to
join. Refreshments will be served.
Dance Center, founded in 2008, provides instruction in
various styles for over 400 students between the ages of
2 to 18. The Waukesha Chapter of Darby’s Dancers at
Liberty Dance Center is the 20th location in the country
and second in the state.
more information contact the studio at 262249-9698 or