You might think that dance classes are for individuals with superior dancing skills, well, this article will dwell on this topic and hopefully will convince you that it is for everyone most especially for those with disabilities. It has therapeutic benefits which can improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. If dance class sounds like a good venture for you this new year, well, here’s good news-NDIS can fund your dance class. As with many other NDIS funded supports, it should be reasonable and necessary and should be anchored to your NDIS goals.
What are the benefits of dance for people with disabilities?
· Help attain physical fitness-since dancing requires movement, it burns up calories, what makes it better is that even individuals on wheelchairs can be taught special dance routines so that they too can join and enjoy
· Help boost self-esteem and confidence- because dancing does not require strict techniques, this gives the opportunity to the individual to create dance movement/s on their own thereby igniting their confidence in expressing their own ideas and identity without having to comply with mandatory techniques. Being able to give an opportunity for self-expression boosts self -esteem and confidence
· Improve social skills- since the typical setup during dance class involves dealing with others, it enables the individual to make more physical contact with others, provide assistance to others, cooperate with others, learn how to listen and follow directions
· Improve motor skills-since dancing requires movement it makes muscles move and contract, thus promoting flexibility. It also improves muscle strength, coordination,hand-eye coordination, posture, and balance
· Ignite imagination and creativity- dance classes inspire an individual to make a personal interpretation of the music and convert it into a movement that allows a beautiful display of imagination and creativity. Because imagination and creativity sparked, it allows the brain to light up in new ways
· Help diminishes stress and depression- since dance is a creative outlet that allows the individual to” blow off some steam” it may alleviate more stress than other forms of physical activity. It allows the individual to express suppressed emotions in a safe environment
Funding your dancing lessons
Dancing lessons are funded under Capacity building support-Increased Social and Community Participation which is designed to help build the skills to participate in the community. Another way to get the funding is through the support category-Assistance with social and community participation which is designed to fund for your support worker to help you get to and from your classes.
As most dance class providers are not NDIS-registered, it will not hurt if you choose to be Plan Managed as this gives you the opportunity to access both NDIS-registered and non-registered service providers.
Are you looking for a reliable Plan Manager? Have a chat with us and let us help you explore service providers which offer a fun yet quality-filled dance lessons.