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Dance Students Teach Movement and Creativity to Adults with Disabilities

Hofstra University’s Dance and Dance Education Programs and the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC-Nassau) will host an end of semester dance performance on Wednesday, December 14, at noon at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Room 209. For the past nine years, Hofstra dance and dance education students have explored creativity through dance with adults who have developmental disabilities from AHRC-Nassau. The Hofstra students volunteer their time by choreographing and leading weekly, one-hour workshops for the AHRC-Nassau participants under the direction of Anita Feldman, director of the Dance Education Program at Hofstra.

The lead instructors for the program this semester are dance education majors Ariana Brisport, Alexis Corrao and Erin Doherty. Working with AHRC allows the Hofstra dancers to gain teaching experience and to impact other people’s lives through the arts.  The AHRC-Nassau adults have shown great improvements and derive much happiness from the Hofstra dance workshops.

The Hofstra University Department of Drama and Dance provides students with the opportunity to develop and hone their skills as performers, deepen their appreciation for the arts, and find careers in the theater and beyond. In the fall 2017 the Dance Program will launch a BFA in Dance.  A BA in Dance, and a BS in Education – Dance Education are currently available to Hofstra dance majors.

For more information, contact the Drama and Dance Department, 516-463-5444, or email Anita Feldman at

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