In the words of Matt's parents:
Dancing is fantastic for people with Down Syndrome since they usually have an innate ability to move and dance. Every week the physical activity allows the participants to spend their energy, achieve greater well-being and interact with each other. The creative and artistic side of dance gives them an avenue to express their feelings, through body and movement.
Since its beginning, the Broadway Dance class has evolved with the needs of the participants and today, it includes dynamic dance sessions where expression, play and creativity are guided by experienced dance teachers. The evolution of this class is proof of the dedication of the NCDT to make dance accessible to a broader number of dancers. Through their joy, dynamism and their confidence, the teachers bring happiness and joy to the participants. Knowing the accessibility issues and the needs of people with Down Syndrome, they highlight and develop the strengths and skills of the participants.
Matt loves to dance no matter the style or the beat. The dance classes, adapted to his needs, allow him to develop and learn while having fun. For example, without him even realizing it, ballet taught him how to maintain good posture, move to the rhythm, and follow the emotion and groove of the music. Until this day, dancing continues to be an incredible experience for him. Dancing has also allowed Matt to grow his social circle, by working in pairs and in group with the different participants.