On Tuesday, July 17th starting at 6:00pm the Neighborhood School of Dance in Olean will be offering a Dance-Abilities class tailored for students with sensory/special needs. This will be the first class NSD is offering to the community, with hopes that they can continue to offer it in the future.


Owner Brittany Thierman says about the class, “We are very excited to be able to offer this class to the community. At NSD we believe EVERYONE should be able to dance. It is so magical and beneficial for so many reasons. Being able to watch students learn new things in this capacity is so rewarding; their smiles are contagious“. Thierman, an Elmira College and St. Bonaventure University graduate, has volunteered with students of special needs with Chemung County ARC in the past, teaching them dance and cheer for the Special Olympics.


The class is being split by age; students age 5-12 are invited from 6:00-6:30pm, students who are teens and adults 6:45-7:15pm. The class has a minimal fee of $5 per student. Each student will have their own assistant so pre-registering is strongly encouraged. You can register right on NSD’s website – . Instructor Shelley Greene also has experience with teaching special needs classes in the past. She has instructed dance classes for Hunters Hope. Greene states about offering Dance-Abilities, “I am thrilled to be able to teach this class. I have a son with sensory issues and can understand how difficult it can be as a parent to find the right programs to help and include your child. Instructing the classes with Hunter’s Hope the students were so happy and had so much fun it was such a great experience.”


Other summer offerings provided by NSD include: Twinkle Twos mini summer session starting July 1st, Super Hero Camp July 9th – 12th, Descendants Camp July 23rd – 27th, a Free Dance Day July 28th, Open House/Registration July 29th, and Princess Camp August 6-10th. For more information on the camps or to register check out their website or Facebook page.