Teaching Movement
to Students of All Abilities

Too often, students with disabilities are left out.

But everyone wants to know they belong. Getting students up and moving is an effective, non-verbal way to:

  • Level the playing field
  • Facilitate meaningful social bonds
  • Ease unwanted behaviors stemming from tense group dynamics
  • Improve proprioception
  • Develop fine and gross motor skills
  • Learn sequencing
  • Increase self-regulation

In Teaching Movement to Performers of All Abilities, you’ll discover how powerful dance can be in creating a more engaging learning environment for all students.



Have two left feet?
No problem.

Teaching Movement to Performers of All Abilities offers step-by-step guidance and practical resources so you can leverage the power of the performing arts in your classroom.

We’ve done the heavy lifting for you.

Get the tools you need to make the difference you want.

Engage students with disabilities in fun and meaningful ways
More easily manage difficult classroom behaviors
Decrease frustration and feel re-energized
Discover nontraditional learning activities for all students
Inspire inclusivity among your students
Bring more joy to your classroom

Teaching Movement is ideal for…

ESE and Performing Arts Educators

Occupational and Physical Therapists and District Resource PE Coaches

Dance Teachers

Community Theater Teams

Parents of Students with Disabilities

ESE and Performing Arts Educators

Occupational and Physical Therapists and District Resource PE Coaches

Dance Teachers

Community Theater Teams

Parents of Students with Disabilities

Affordable professional development you’ll actually use.

Grow your confidence with evidence-based tips and tools

Keep your students on track with easy-to-use lesson plans

Follow real-life examples by watching other teachers in action

Go at your own pace with bite-sized, on-demand instruction

Have peace of mind with our money-back guarantee

I feel happy and free and powerful and very fierce when I dance.

– Christena B., Performer with Williams Syndrome

There have been improvements in cooperation, listening skills, and behaviors. Yay!

– Program Director, GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis

Movement is her non-verbal communication. Through it, we see her joy overflowing. Dance has been so important in my daughter’s development. It communicates what she verbally finds difficult to say.

-Pamela M., Parent of Performer with a Disability


Curriculum Highlights

33 bite-sized video lessons, including:

Dance as Bonding

Encourage social skills and connection through dance.

Adaptive Movement and Differentiating Instructions

Vary your teaching techniques for different students and their abilities.

Self-Regulating Dance

Use Gilbert’s BrainDance to build a strong sensory-motor foundation.

Locomotor and Non-Locomotor Movement

Utilize a variety of movements to keep students engaged.

Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Dance Instruction

Use varied teaching approaches to help your students feel more confidence in their movements.

Co-Creating Choreography

Empower students with collaborative classroom strategies.

Plus 62 resources you can use in your classroom today.


22 Movement Activities

Implement ready-to-go movement activities into your own lesson plans.

Collection of Poems

Use non-traditional readings to inspire creativity in your students.

6 Powerful Playlists

Access specially curated playlist to accommodate energy levels and make the most of your time.

21 Choice Boards

Support choice making, independence, and self-advocacy.

Identity Web Template

Help students share about themselves and connect to one another.

Lesson Plan Templates

Develop infinite lesson plans with these plug-and-play templates.

Behavior as Communication Workbook

$79 Value

Uncover the mystery behind disruptive classroom behaviors so you can handle them with less frustration.

Grow your skills through expert instruction.

Allison Ballard has a Master of Arts in dance movement psychotherapy. As an artist, she uses her skills to help people with disabilities explore their creative potential. She’s worked with this population for more than 25 years.
Christena Barcelo is a performer with William’s Syndrome. She’s been expressing herself through dance since she was a little girl.
Nancy Laudon is a professionally trained ballerina with a lifelong passion for dance and choreography.
Preston Pujol has been dancing and choreographing for more than 15 years. He’s performed shows in Central Florida and New York City, and regularly choreographs for Lakeland Community Theater.

Your best classroom is this close. 

Get the tools you need.

Our courses are evidence-based and practical. You'll be able to put your new skills to use right away.

Make learning fun and joyful.

Every course is packed with lessons and plug-and-play activities. Students love them!

See all your students thrive.

As your confidence soars, your students' will, too. Everyone will rise to the occasion.

Explore our other courses…

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Teaching Strategies

Get best practices for engaging students with and without disabilities.



Teaching Theater

Equip students to develop social awareness, speech, literacy, and independence.



Common Questions

Do I need performing arts experience?

Absolutely not. Our courses give you everything you need to plan, execute, and troubleshoot performing arts curriculum in your classroom. No experience required!

Are the courses appropriate for students with more severe behaviors?

Yes. You deserve tips and tools for every situation. That's why we include our bonus Behavior as Communication workbook with each course. With this resource, you can uncover the hidden meaning behind disruptive behaviors and more effectively manage them in your own classroom.

What if I don't want to put on a production?

You don't have to! Our courses give you everything you need to use the arts in your classroom, not just on a stage.

How long can I access my courses?

You get 24/7, on-demand access for 24 months. Refer back again and again as you implement what you learn in your own classroom!

How do I access the content?

You can access course content from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Anywhere, anytime!

Is there financial aid available?

If cost is a concern, we have grant opportunities available! Email for more information.

Are your courses only for teachers?

No! Our courses are also designed for community theaters, transition programs, curious parents, and school-based therapists like OTs and SLPs.

What is a CEU? Are you a licensed CEU provider?

CEU stands for “continuing education unit.” You may be more familiar with the term PDH (“professional development hour") or CPE ("continuing professional education").  These terms are interchangeable and refer to the continuing education credits that educators and therapists need for recertification.

CEU/PDH/CPE approval and licensure is a district-by-district decision. Be sure to get approval from your school district before starting your course(s). Use this justification letter template if you need help getting started.

Can I request a purchase order?

Of course! Email if your district needs information to set us up as a new vendor and/or to request a purchase order.

May I have a peek at the course syllabus before I purchase?
What if I'm not happy with my course(s)?

We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Simply email

Is there an option for more hands-on support?

Yes! We offer in-person and virtual consulting services. Check them out here!

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