INCLUDE (Inspiring, with No Challenges or Limitations, the Universality of Dance Experiences)

INCLUDE is a dance workshop for children ages 5-11 with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder and related disorders. Over the arc of seven sessions, INCLUDE will focus on bringing children with special needs joy through participating in a dance class designed specifically for them. Participants will demonstrate increased physical awareness, improved sensory processing and integration and new tools for verbal and nonverbal communication. All classes will be held at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, 21 Aaron Drive (Richland, WA 99352). Each session will culminate in an in-studio performance the last 15 minutes of the final class on March 10th for Friends and Family in the theme of The Jungle Book.

Winter 2018 Session

January 27 - March 10

Ages 5-7 Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am $42

Ages 8-11 Saturdays, 4:00-5:00pm $56



Dancers may have bare feet in class and should wear comfortable attire that they can move easily in (leggings, sweat pants, close fitting t-shirts, etc). Dance shoes (ballet and jazz) or tights/leotards/skirts are not required, but are acceptable attire.


Elise Kapsi

Angela Streetman

Elise Kapsi is a junior at Kamiakin High School. As the President of Spanish Club and a member of Key Club she has become very invloved in the community. She has been a part of Mid-Columbia Ballet for seven years and has danced at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet since she was five. Currently, she is a teacher at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, and in the future she plans on pursuing a career in a field of Law.

INCLUDE Class Story 5-7 year olds

Angela Streetman is our Teaching Artist for children ages 8-11. She has over five years of teaching experience with many different ages groups of children. While dancing with Mid-Columbia ballet for ten years she has traveled to study dance in over seven states. During her training she’s received three scholarships to study at summer intensives. Angela has assisted and taught at our 2017 Winter and Spring INCLUDE workshops as well as our INCLUDE residency at Badger Mountain Elementary. She currently works as an Artistic Assistant for Mid-Columbia Ballet.

INCLUDE Class Story 8-11 year olds

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact Renée Adams at or call the MCB office at 946-5417.

A donation today of $500 will support one INCLUDE event such as Sensory Friendly Performance or INCLUDE dance classes.

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