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Adaptive Dance and Diablo Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s Power of Dance Classes

Summer Workshops

Diablo Ballet School will be offering a three week summer workshop for Diablo Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s Power of Dance Class and Adaptive Dance on July 17, July 24 and July 31.

We are very excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation and we will be able to waive all fees for Parkinson’s patients in thanks to their generous funding! 

Diablo Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s Power of Dance – Sundays from 1:15 – 2:15 pm
This special class for people of any age combines both music and movement to increase coordination, balance, flexibility and strength. The class incorporates exercises that can be done either standing or seated in a chair. Absolutely no dance experience is required and is perfect for people who suffer from physical disabilities, Parkinson’s or limitations or just want to improve their coordination and strength in a joyful and supportive environment. The class is taught by Danielle Troyano who is a certified instructor and Diablo Ballet Company Dancer. The registration fee will be waived for this special three-week workshop and the cost for all three weeks is $45.

Adaptive Dance – Sundays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Adaptive dance is a class designed to benefit students of all ages with special needs and/or developmental disabilities. Adaptive dance is a powerful class which provides a welcoming and inclusive learning experience for all types of thinkers. Using the elements of dance movement, strategic games/activities and engaging music, Adaptive Dance will challenge the thinker in an environment that makes them feel safe, fulfilled and happy. Diablo Ballet aims to unify our community by reminding everyone that dance is a family that loves and values everybody and all they have to offer. The class will be taught by Danielle Troyano who is a certified instructor and Diablo Ballet Company Dancer. The registration fee will be waived for this special three-week workshop and the cost for all three weeks is $50.

Registration
Online registration is available below.  Please click register now and it will take you through our registration process.  Please note the $25 registration fee will be waived for both summer workshops.  If you have any questions, please email school@diabloballet.org.

Tuition
For both summer workshops, the tuition will be billed prior to the start of the camp to the credit card on file (added when you register).  If you are a Parkinson’s patient the class fee and registration fee will be waived. A confirmation email with details will be sent when you register.

Faculty
Danielle Troyano began her training on Long Island, NY at Seiskaya Ballet and with Sara Knight at SLK Ballet, in NYC. She spent her summers at the Rock School, Walnut Hill School and HARID Conservatory on scholarship, and has received training from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy and Ellison Ballet. Ms. Troyano also studied in London at the Central School of Ballet as part of an exchange program with SLK Ballet. Her professional career started at age 19 with Montgomery Ballet. Ms. Troyano joined Ballet Idaho in 2015 under the direction of Peter Anastos performing Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Spring Fairy in Edward Liang’s Cinderella, and Pas De Trois, and Lead Czardas in Peter Anastos’ Swan Lake. She has had the honor of performing Agon, Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantasie and Allegro Brilliante by George Balanchine. She has also performed works by Penny Saunders and Danielle Rowe. Ms. Troyano remains a permanent guest artist with Albany Berkshire Ballet under Madeline Culpo, where she’s performed A Midsummer Nights Dream, Carmina Burana, and The Nutcracker. In addition to dancing, she is passionate about teaching and helping others. She remains on permanent guest faculty at Hinsdale Dance Academy in Chicago and the School of Ballet Indiana, where she teaches Adaptive Dance, a movement based class tending to children with special needs. She is also a certified Dance for Parkinson’s instructor.

Andrea Gaudet was born in Berkeley California and has been teaching all levels of classical ballet for over thirty years. Her training began with Jane Stamps and continued with Grace Doty’s Berkeley City Ballet. Ms. Gaudet’s danced as a soloist with Ballet Idaho and Sacramento Ballet, where she performed roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Firebird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cinderella. She had the pleasure of dancing roles in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Rubies, Four Temperaments, Prodigal Son, Theme and Variations, Donizetti Variations and Concerto Barocco. Ms. Gaudet taught the pre-professional students at the Sacramento Ballet and served as Ballet Mistress for the Company. She was the Artistic Director of Berkeley City Ballet, and has taught at the Marin Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theater, San Francisco School of the Arts, Lines, Ah-Lan Dance Studio and Shawl Anderson Dance Center.  Ms. Gaudet is the incoming Principal for Diablo Ballet School beginning this August. 

Fall Classes

Diablo Ballet School will continue to offer both classes on a weekly basis starting August 21, 2022 – June 4, 2023. Dance for Parkinson’s will be a drop in class and billed per class and Adaptive Dance will be billed monthly. However, enrollment can be paused at any time and restart without incurring any fees throughout the school year.

Diablo Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s Power of Dance – Sundays from 1:15 – 2:15 pm
This class will meet every Sunday on a drop in basis. If you are a Parkinson’s patient, the per class fee will be waived from a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. If you would like to take the class to increase coordination, strength and balance, the fee will be $15 per class.

Adaptive Dance – Sundays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
This class will meet every Sunday. Tuition will be billed monthly and is $80 for one class per week.

Fall Registration
Online registration is available starting June 24.  Please click register now and it will take you through our registration process.  Please note there is a one-time $25 registration fee per student.  If you have any questions, please email school@diabloballet.org.

Fall Tuition
For Diablo Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s Power of Dance the class will be billed on a drop in basis of $15 per class and we accept cash or credit card payments. If you are a Parkinson’s patient the class fee and registration fee will be waived.

For Adaptive Dance, the class will be billed monthly per the credit card on file (added when you register) on the first of each month. Enrollment can be paused at any time and restart without incurring any fees throughout the school year. Notice must be given by the 20th of each month to school@diabloballet.org to avoid being automatically billed for the next month.

Adaptive Dance

Tuition is $50 for one class every Sunday for 3 weeks on July 17, 24 and 31 for the Summer Workshop. For Fall, tuition is $80 per month for (1) 1 hour class per week

Dance for Parkinson's

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Tuition is $45 for one class every Sunday for 3 weeks on July 17, 24 and 31 for the Summer Workshop. For Fall, this will be a drop in class with a fee of $15 per class. For Parkinson's patients, all fees will be waived.