FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WILL BE PERFORMING A FULL-LENGTH BALLET

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BFAK students and volunteers rehearse “capturing the wolf" in the ballet Peter and the Wolf

BFAK students and volunteers rehearse “capturing the wolf” in the ballet Peter and the Wolf

BFAK students play the role of the duck “swimming on the pond” in rehearsals of Peter and the Wolf.

BFAK students play the role of the duck “swimming on the pond” in rehearsals of Peter and the Wolf

BFAK students dance like “Birdie” during rehearsals of Peter and the Wolf.

BFAK students dance like “Birdie” during rehearsals of Peter and the Wolf.

Agoura Hills, CA – Ballet For All Kids (BFAK), a rare dance experience that offers classical ballet training to all children (and adults) including those with special needs, is holding a recital including a first-of-its-kind full-length ballet of “Peter and the Wolf” on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Education Center in Agoura Hills, located at 28545 W. Driver Avenue.

The philosophy behind the teaching is to embrace each student’s particular circumstances, honor their abilities and disabilities, and celebrate their exceptional uniqueness.  This is the first time that the public will have a chance to see these incredible and inspiring students in action in a full-length ballet production.

The non-profit BFAK method is an original ballet therapy, successfully teaching children and adults with all abilities and special needs including:  Autism, learning and emotional developmental disabilities such as behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety disorders, neurological difficulties, or those that are hearing impaired, blind or immobile.  Students come from all over the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas to participate in their classes, with over 100 volunteers from both public and private schools.  See video: https://vimeo.com/53311846

According to Bonnie Schlachte Director, “I truly believe that our program enriches the community and creates a completely inclusive environment that is unique to the world.  When our students move, they are dancers – not just children with special needs.  As our parents watch their children dance, they get to experience the pride of parenthood.”

The program teaches classical ballet using the Schlachte Method – an approach developed to assist all students in the study, technique and discipline of ballet.  It encompasses various styles of learning including visual, auditory and vestibular balance coordination, while at the same time, fosters emotional intelligence.  As a result, they come away with greater self-confidence, stronger friendships, better self-discipline, and an increased joy for the movement of dance.

Ballet For All Kids is the only studio in the world that offers classical ballet training to all children, facilitating a voluntary outreach and advocacy program.  Parents also report that BFAK has provided many positive experiences for their offspring, including increased socialization skills, better focus and concentration in the classroom, and decreased inappropriate behaviors.  Also, students come away with better physical and occupational therapeutic benefits, as well as an overall increase in confidence and poise.  In addition to offering ballet, BFAK also teaches jazz, tap and belly dancing classes.

For further information about BFAK’s “Peter and the Wolf” performance, or to order tickets contact info@balletforallkids.com.   Ballet For All Kids, is located at: 2282 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, CA  91361.   Phone:  805-524-5503.  A second location is at:  16422 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA  91436.   Website:  http://balletforallkids.com/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ballet-For-All-Kids-The-Schlachte-Method-123007087732886/?fref=ts.

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Bonnie Schlachte, Founder and Director of BFAK

Bonnie Schlachte, Founder and Director of BFAK

NOTE TO MEDIA:  BFAK Director Bonnie Schlachte is available for interview from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 14th during the dress rehearsal prior to the show.  Contact Rhonda Rees PR at:
818-325-2089 to make the arrangements.

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