The DREAM Project

Dancers Realize Excellence through Arts and Movement

Inspired by our successful In-School Program for students with disabilities, National Dance Institute has partnered with Board certified pediatric physical therapist Agnes McConlogue Ferro to create a workshop that offers children of all abilities the chance to move… to dance… and to go beyond what they believe possible.

Utilizing NDI's unique pedagogy and the expertise of an NDI teaching artist team led by Master Teacher Kay Gayner, this 5-day workshop hones the abilities of learners with special needs through dance, live music, and performance. In this program, children with disabilities are paired with typically developing peers to maximize participation. Dancers work together under the guidance of Kay, Agnes, NDI teaching artists, and physical therapy students to master choreography and gain partnership and performance skills, working toward functional goals within a joyful, rigorous, and supportive group dynamic. The workshop culminates in an informal performance celebrating the children’s achievements.

Next DREAM Project:

Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23, 2018

For more information, contact Aileen Barry,
Senior Director of Program and Outreach,
(212) 226-0083 or


DREAM Project: Summer 2015