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Carter’s Play Place Offers Dance Fit Class to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, Carter’s Play Place is kicking-off a unique five-week dance and fitness program, Dance Fit for ALL, that will allow people with disabilities the opportunity to keep moving during the quarantine.

The special program, built on a dance and physical fitness foundation, will enable all dancers the opportunity to explore music, creative movement, and strength-building while potentially creating a new community of friends. Dance Fit for ALL will take place in a virtual classroom on Tuesday, May 5 – Tuesday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The time creates a nice brain break for students involved with eLearning or anyone looking to do something out of the ordinary.

“Dance Fit for ALL is unique in that it takes creative dance and incorporates fitness and core strengthening to provide an environment that enables dancers a chance to improve social skills, increase self-esteem in a joyful, healthy way that has no ability boundaries,” said Tasha Cleaver, Manager, Carter’s Play Place. “During this pandemic, we are trying to find ways to keep our friends and families involved and included in meaningful programs and activities that can be done in the comforts of their homes. We hope you’ll join us next month.”

Dance Fit for ALL, taught by Tierre Clark, is open to kids/teens and their families of all abilities and ages. Clark has performed with a number of dance companies and has appeared as a guest with the Phoenix Rising Dance Collective. The 5-week program costs $75 and covers everyone in the household. Dancers can purchase a single class for $20. Register and pay for the May/June Dance Fit for ALL program here. For questions, email [email protected] or call (317) 763-1568.

“Our Dance Fit for ALL is going to be a blast!” said Tierre Clark, Carter’s Play Place dance instructor. “I’ve been fortunate to see our dancers really flourish from an increase in flexibility and endurance, to rhythm awareness, self-control and discipline.”

Carter’s Play Place opened its doors to Westfield and its surrounding cities in 2016 to create a community where individuals with and without disabilities can embrace inclusive play and make connections. Carter’s Play Place evolved to fill a void in the community where kids with all abilities could enjoy play in an inclusive environment. For more information, visit https://www.cartersplayplace.com/.

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