As Moving Miracles has grown, we have been fortunate to be able to share dance, movement, & music outside the studio with the development of our Community Outreach program. In past years we have had a strong relationship with Springville’s Preschool Learning Center and Wee Can Preschool & Early Childhood Program.
Moving Miracles has also been involved in the growing Arts in Healthcare movement through our long-standing partnership with the Child Life Department at Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Teachers from Moving Miracles traveled to the hospital on a bi-weekly basis to facilitate dance/movement sessions with patients of all ages in the hospital playrooms, as well as providing one-on-one sessions at patient bedsides. Beginning in 2010, Moving Miracles has partnered with Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Carly's Club to bring our outreach program to pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment at RPCI.
In recent years, our Community Outreach program has also expanded to include a community education sector. At the forefront is our touring dance company, the “Without Words” Dance Ensemble. “Without Words” travels throughout Western New York and the East Coast to share Moving Miracles’ message of tolerance through school-based programming and community performances. Our performance highlights include appearances at the Music is Art Festival, the Cradle Beach Harvest Festival, the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, as well as several performances for local organizations, a performance with Maryland’s Liz Lerman Dance Exchange at the University at Buffalo, a holiday performance at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, appearances at various local conferences, and a spotlight performance in 2007’s benefit fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims titled: “HOPE: A Dance Project”, held in Mobile, Alabama and presented by Alabama Contemporary Dance.
Moving Miracles & NDEO
Moving Miracles is proud to be an active member in the National Dance Education Organization. Since 2005, Moving Miracles has been a regular presenter at NDEO’s annual national conferences and is recognized by that organization as a leading force in the field of dance for people of all abilities. Moving Miracles has also participated in various opportunities presented by NDEO, such as a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers on issues facing the Arts community today.
In 2008, Moving Miracles was approached by NDEO to be part of a Special Interest Group focused on providing resources and national standards for dance educators working with dancers with disabilities. In 2010, Moving Miracles joined forces with NDEO and Kitty Lunn of NYC's Infinity Dance Theater to form the core of this Special Interest Group. The group's mission statement, as agreed upon by all members read as follows: "We believe dance is a fundamental language of expression for all people. Our mission is to support dance educators in bringing the majesty of motion and movement to a new level of inclusion for people with and without physical and cognitive disabilities." We will do this by using developmentally appropriate dance pedagogy techniques which will include traditional and non-traditional student-focused methodologies.