Who: Recreational, Occupational, Physical Therapists, dance instructors, anyone who would like to take wheelchair dance into their community. Instructed by a the creator of the Wheel One™ program, Melinda Kremer and either a seated dancer or the American Dance Wheel’s artistic director.
What: American DanceWheels‘ Wheel One™ syllabus teacher training
When: offered 2 times per year at headquarters– spring class is Latin dances including Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, and Salsa and the fall class is ballroom dances including Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango. Also willing to travel to your location for a seminar or provide instruction via Skype
Where: Headquarters in Elkins Park, PA or a location of your choice! (see above)
Why: “Wheelchair dancing integrates people with and without physical disabilities and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and ability levels. Because of its physical, inclusive, and social nature, our program offers significant benefits to participants. In fact, a 2012 scientific study of our Wheel One™ program conducted by the Palo Alto Veterans Healthcare Administration proved that our program was psychologically and physically beneficial to participants. The results included improvement in range of motion, mood and confidence, strength, wheelchair skills, coordination, speed, balance, and some people even reported weight loss over the 6 week period. This is just a small example of why it would be beneficial for therapists to become certified and offer this type of therapy to their clients. Dancing is fun too!” It was also mentioned that these courses have been previously approved for CCU credit, so check your state licensure board to see the scoop on that for you.
How: $600 per person for course at headquarters, rates for seminars at your location and via Skype provided on an individual basis. Contact American DanceWheels Foundation for your personalized pricing or to get more info. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone:215-588-6671.
Thank you to Aubree Marchione from the American DanceWheels Foundation for answering all my questions!