BALLET FOR ALL KIDS SPECIAL NEEDS DANCE INSTRUCTION MOVES TO A NEW FACILITY IN AGOURA HILLS

BFAK students learning fine motor skills and Porta Bras

BFAK students learning fine motor skills from Director, Bonnie Schlachte

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 relocating from Westlake Village to a new facility on August 1st, 2016.  The studio address is at 30315 Canwood Street, Unit # 11, Agoura Hills, CA 91301.

According to Director Bonnie Schlachte, “We are so excited to finally have a permanent home.  This means we will be able to provide additional dance classes that are inclusive of all children.”  She continues, “The new move will also give us a space to practice our performances like the Nutcracker, which we plan to hold in November over at the Madrid theatre in Canoga Park.”

The non-profit organization is seeking donations to help cover costs for various renovations, and for a parent lounge that needs paint, furniture, and computers.  For more information go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/bfaknewstudio.

The philosophy behind the BFAK teaching is to embrace each student’s particular circumstances, honor their abilities and disabilities, and celebrate their exceptional uniqueness.  It is the 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 non-ambulatory.  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.

BFAK Director, Bonnie Schlachte, leads students in stretching exercises

BFAK students participating in stretching exercises

“Having our own space means that we will be able to maximize the benefits of classical ballet training to children with special needs.  Our new facility is designed to limit distractions and sensory overload, and will help to control the noise levels and visual stimuli, so that children will be able to get the most out of a classical dance education,” states Schlachte.

The new facility will offer an expanded class schedule to include ballet, tap, and jazz, belly dancing, contemporary, and more.  Additional classes are also held at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy.

For further information contact Ballet for All Kids at 30315 Canwood Street, Unit # 11, Agoura Hills, CA  91301.  Phone: 805-524-5503.  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.  Contact Rhonda Rees PR at: 818-325-2089 to make the arrangements.

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

PRESS RELEASE

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.

New York City and Ballet For All Kids

We are so excited to be expanding to New York City!  Ballet For All Kids is the only studio that welcomes children of ALL abilities and disabilities.  Until now, we have only been able to be in the Los Angeles area.  One of our lovely teachers, Rebecca, is now attending NYU and is offering classes in Manhattan.  We are so thrilled to be able to offer classes to children with special needs in the NYC area! NYC Classes