BEST DANCE STUDIO
7609 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
"Every Child Deserves to Dance"
Washington Contemporary Ballet is pleased to be able to bring to the community a program specially designed for dancers with special needs.
We have brought together the art of ballet and creative movement and structured it with a therapy presence and input to work on the key components of balance, strength, flexibility, motor planning and coordination.
Adaptive Dance Instructor
Ms Stutesman graduated cum laude from the University of Washington, Seattle with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in dance. Beginning her dance training at Northwest Classical Ballet, she later became a member of their pre-professional company where she performed in numerous classical ballet and modern works. She has attended summer programs at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Bates Dance Festival.
While at the University of Washington, Stutesman performed in MFA Concerts, Dance Majors Concerts, and Dance Faculty Concerts. She is the 2014 recipient of the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship for Artistic Merit and Promise as well as a 2015 Bates Dance Festival Merit Scholarship. Stutesman has performed with Seattle dance companies such as Chamber Dance Company, Karin Stevens Dance, and Collective Sigh Dance, as well as in the 2015 American Dance Guild Festival in New York. Stutesman also teaches in Seattle at the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance, and works as a behavior therapist with autistic youth.
When are classes?
Two classes are currently offered on Saturday. Prior to admittance in to any of these classes our professional staff will do an assessment to determine which class best suits your dancer.
Level 1 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Level 2 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Classes meet each week except on scheduled holidays and semester breaks. Please see our Annual Calendar for more information.
Washington Contemporary Ballet is ADA compliant with designated parking spaces, rest room facilities and ramped access to our studios.
When you have a child with special needs everyone likes to give suggestions to help them. Sometimes the ideas are outrageous or something we've tired already, so I'd smile politely and say "thank you." But other times you really do get a great idea.
A long time ago a lady suggested ballet since it helped her own daughter strengthen her ankles and improve her balance. I thought it was a good idea so I signed my child up with a "normal" ballet class. It was not a good experience. My daughter couldn't stand straight without falling down, nor could she leap, hop or do most of the moves the other girls could due to her medical conditions. And then there were the stares.
We tired for a few months, but it was too hard. Then I heard of the Washington Contemporary Ballet's class for special needs children, and we decided to give it a try. My daughter loved it! She was a ballerina with a big smile and a sparkly tutu.
When she was tired she rested, and no one stared! With the help of the instructor and the therapist she could do things that six months of therapy could not. And most of all she was having fun! I'm so glad this program exists because every little girl regardless of ability or disability should be a ballerina princess in a big sparkly tutu!
- M. Mahoney
WCB has been a wonderful place for my daughter. Being with her peers, her therapist and listening to the music relaxes and encourages her to do the movements. She gets more out of the dance studio setting than the clinic because it is a joy, not a battle. It's the best way to get physical therapy-by having fun!
- Susan P.
Excellence Integrity Artistry Discipline Respect