A program introduced in the summer of 2010, Explorer Dance is a class designed for children ages 3 and older with Down syndrome. In this class students learn concepts of rhythm, coordination, balance, and spatial awareness. This inclusive environment allows students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ballet while discovering new possibilities. Explorer Dance offers a wonderful chance for students to learn and share in a creative environment. While the primary goal of this program is to promote the joy of dancing , the students also benefit from increased self esteem, improved overall fitness, and improved classroom skills (listening to the instructor, focusing on tasks and following directions). All Explorer Dance students enjoy multiple performance opportunities each year and receive written evaluations on their progress twice a year.