DANCE ME IN, provides adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities accessibility to ballroom dance instruction. The goals are not only to provide the basics of partner dancing, but to also exercise bodies and minds, and expand their social skills through friendships with volunteer dance partners and other students.

The vision of DANCE ME IN, is to tailor a special needs program while retaining the structure of typical ballroom group classes, transforming lives through the power of dance.


Program will include 42 weekly classes divided into 6 week increments teaching 6 different dance styles, 10 monthly social dances, and a choreographed dance production performed at the project conclusion in June.


At each class there is a certified dance instructor, and a one to one ratio of student to volunteer dance partners for 15 - 20 participants. Social dances will be open and inclusive to all providing true community involvement. Staff accompanying students can participate as dance partners.




Rhode Island State Council
on the Arts


Our Services

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Ballroom Group

42 one hour weekly group classes

divided into 6 week increments

6 different dance styles

15 -20 participants 


Monthly Social Dances

10 monthly social dances

all abilities invited

singles & couples are welcome

2 hours of general dancing

Showcase Performance

Participants will learn a choreographed dance routine and perform I this production at the conclusion of the project in June.

family & friends are invited

Weekly classes Wednesday afternoons 4:00 - 5:00 starting 9/8/2021

“Volunteers don't get paid --not because they are worthless, because they are priceless”


Sherry Anderson

Volunteers wanted to participate as dance partners for the all abilities students.

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