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Ballet Des Moines presents Dance Without Limits!

Dance Without Limits are ballet classes that are especially 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 program, participants perform a dance piece to an audience of friends and family.

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 that also require special one-on-one attention with a volunteer or additional assistance dancing 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 will be considered. We will create movement around his/her unique abilities. Both Movement and Technique classes last one hour long. *Please note all students who are interested in Technique classes must gain approval from Program Coordinator Monika Peltz prior to joining the class*

Class Information:Partnering in Miss Monika Peltz's 2:00 Technique Class performance. Beauty captured by Amy Samo. — with Clementine Karl

Dance Without Limits classes are offered twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall.  All classes are held at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance (1721 25th Street, West Des Moines).  2014 Spring Session registration began January 2, 2014.  For questions about sessions, please contact us at


Spring Class Schedule

2014 Spring Session registration will open January 2, 2014. Registration forms are below.

4 – 2:00 PM Performance  at The Meadows.  More information will be coming soon!


  • 1:00–2:00 Ages 4-7, Miss Julianna / Miss Monika – Instructors alternating 45 minutes of ballet/15 minutes of tap (tap is optional for students)
  • 2 :00–3:00 Ages 6-10, Miss Julianna – Instructor 45 minutes of ballet/ 15 minutes of tap (tap is optional for students)
  • 3:00–4:00 Ages 10+, Miss Julianna – Instructor 45 minutes of ballet/ 15 minutes of tap (tap is optional for students)

*We can be flexible with ages in different classes. So if your 11 year old can only come at 1:00, we will work with you.


  • 2:00–3:00 Ages 7-12, Miss Monika – Instructor Ballet and tap (60 minutes)
  • 3:00–4:00 Ages 12-18, Miss Monika – Instructor Ballet and tap (60 minutes)


Payment and Registration:

Classes are $50 for the session, however scholarships are offered to those who need assistance.


2013 Fall PerformanceVolunteer 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



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