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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*

Find out more about our program from a recent local news story: 13 CARES: Dance Without LimitsMay 12, 2014, by .

Class InformationPartnering 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 on Sunday at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance (1721 25th Street, West Des Moines).


2014 Fall Class Schedule

Class registration is now open.  The dates for fall classes are:

September 14, 21, 28

October 5, 12, 19 (26-No Class)

November 2, 9, 16, (23-Performance, location TBA)

Movement is  a 45 min ballet/15 min tap class (tap is optional)

12:30pm, Ages 4-7
1:00pm, Ages 4-7
1:30pm, Ages 4-7+
2:00pm, Ages 4-7+
2:30pm, Ages 8-12
3:30pm, Ages 8-13+
Technique:  a 60 minute ballet and tap class. 
3:00pm, Ages 8-13+
4:00pm, Ages 13+
  • Placement in the Technique class is determined solely by the instructors. This class will not provide a one on one volunteer for each student. Students must be able to participate on their own. Students that are in wheelchairs/equipment that they can manage will be considered, and we will create movement around their unique abilities. The class will have barre, stretching, center, and tap. If you have NOT been previously approved for a Technique class,  please email Dance Without Limits with a written request to be considered. Please include specifics about your child’s abilities and your phone number.


Fall 2014 registration form:

2014 FALL DWoL PDF Registration Form

2014 FALL DWOL Fillable Form

If you have any questions about registration email  


2015 Tentative Spring Schedule

Class registration IS NOT YET OPEN. Look for registration to open January 2015.  The tentative dates for spring classes are:

February 1, 8, 15, 22

March 1, 8

April 12, 19, 26

May 3 – Performance, location TBA


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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