Dance Without Limits is a dance program specifically-designed for children with special needs who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy of dance. Our sessions are comprised of one-hour classes that are designed to suit each child’s need. During the program, a period of professional dance instruction is provided by instructors and volunteers trained to work with children with disabilities. We offer Lite-Gait equipment for children who need extra support with standing. Other class materials include scarves, fuzzy mats and friendly music. At the end of each session, participants perform in a recital for family and friends.

Learn more about Dance Without Limits at: 13 CARES: Dance Without LimitsMay 12, 2014.

Class Information

Classes for students are divided into Movement and Technique. Movement classes are the main classes for Dance Without Limits and are great for students new to the Dance Without Limits program. Students who also require special one-on-one attention with a volunteer or additional assistance dancing, will  benefit highly from the Movement program.

Technique classes are for students who can move through ballet and tap instruction without the aid of a special volunteer. One or two volunteers will be present during the class to assist with overall structure while encouraging students to dance on their own. Students in wheelchairs or using equipment they can manage independently, will also be considered. We create movement around his/her unique abilities. Both Movement and Technique classes are one-hour long.

*Please note all students interested in Technique classes must gain approval from Program Coordinator Monika Peltz prior to joining the class.

Session Information

Dance Without Limits classes are offered twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Classes are held on Sunday at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance (1721 25th Street, West Des Moines).

The SPRING session dates are as follows:

  •  February 1, 8, 15, 22
  •  March 1, 8
  •  April 12, 19, 26
  •  May 3 – Recital

Classes offered include:

Class 1 – 12:30 pm – Movement ages 4-7
Class 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Movement ages 4-7
Class 3 – 1:30 p.m. – Movement ages 4-7+
Class 4 – 2:00 p.m. – Movement ages 4-7+
Class 5 – 2:30 p.m. – Movement ages 8-12
Class 6 – 3:00 p.m. – Technique ages 8-13+
Class 7 – 3:30 p.m. – Movement ages 8-13+
Class 8 – 4:00 p.m. – Technique ages 10+

Spring session registration has closed. Emails have been sent to dancers registered with the program. If  you didn’t get your email confirming registration or are interested in participating (we have a handful of spots open), email with your inquiry.

Classes are $50 per session, however, scholarships are available to those who need assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in becoming a Dance Without Limits mentor or volunteer? The Dance Without Limits program is special because of the children, but it is not possible without volunteer buddy dancers. We are seeking Intermediate to Advanced level dancers, ages 12 and up, to partner with Dance Without Limits students. Each volunteer is responsible in assisting your partner with any modifications, lifting, or just dancing. Our staff and lead volunteers will provide training.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact Dance Without Limits Volunteer Coordinator, Stephenie Tiedens at

For More Information

To connect with other Dance Without Limits families or to keep up-to-date with all that’s happening in the studio, ‘like’ us on Facebook. For more information about classes or registration, please e-mail us at