DanceAbility for Students with Different Abilities

DanceAbility gives dancers with different abilities (ages 4 through adult) an opportunity to learn and explore the world of dance. This first-of-its-kind program in the area was designed by physical therapists and Mareck Center for Dance instructors to meet the dancers’ unique needs and abilities. Students are encouraged and guided in movement and receive positive reinforcement. Classes provide a safe and supportive environment where students can grow and develop their skills. At the end of each semester, students present a showcase to share with friends and family what they have learned.

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Our Instructors: Classes are led by a combination of special educators and dance instructors, as well as occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Class Levels: Currently we offer beginning and intermediate classes for children.

Skills Development: In class students develop skills they can use every day including:

  • Motor skills, coordination, and balance
  • Participation and sociability
  • Ability to focus and follow directions
  • Pride in their skills
  • Confidence, self-esteem, and independence
  • Ability to interact with others
  • Sense of direction and combinations of movement
  • Verbalization

Safety: Parents can feel safe leaving their children in an environment where they are guided by qualified professionals with a one-to-one student-teacher ratio. Parents are also welcome to stay and watch through the studio’s glass observation window.

How to Participate: At this time, space in the DanceAbility program is limited. For more information, please contact the Mareck Center for Dance at (573) 825-0095 or

New to the Mareck Center for Dance and DanceAbility program?

Get started on registration forms with this link ➡DanceAbility Registration Form/Waiver.

Spring Schedule

January 22 – April 18th

DanceAbility II with Kendall, 4:30-5:15pm in Studio B
DanceAbility I with Kendall, 5:15-6:00pm, in Studio B


DanceAbility I with Kailey, 4:30-5:15pm in Studio B
DanceAbility III with Kailey, 5:15-6:00pm in Studio B

DanceAbility I with Kendall, 4:30–5:15pm in Studio B
Adult DanceAbility with Kendall, 5:15-6:00pm in Studio B

Check out all Spring 2024 classes ➡ here!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who help to make this program possible!

Andy Werth
Betty Tegerdine
Brenda V. Stockman Selman
Butch Guice
Carla McElroy
Carmen Johnson
Catherine Doyle
Cheryl Unterschutz
David Spear
Emily Hong
Jacky Adelstein
Janet Bezler
Jason Cook
Kayne O’Brien
Ken Nichols
Kristen Lyle
Lana Eklund
Lauren McAfee
LD Hirschklau
Mark Graeser
Mark Grundy
Mike Sleadd
Ramsay Wise
Ramona Stoutz
Rodney Burlingame
Roots N Blues N BBQ
Sandra Ginter
Scott McMahon
Shan McElroy
Sharon Kilfoyle
Sheila Baker
Tiffany Carey
Tom Stauder
Yoko Lea
Yukari Kashihara (Shirahaze Gallery)



The School of Mareck Center for Dance has demonstrated commitment to welcoming individuals and families affected by autism. The School of Mareck Center for Dance has completed required training with the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders to become an Autism Friendly Business. 


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