Adaptive Dance Greenwich

Dance Is Art In Motion.

Adaptive Dance helps children develop movement skills, musicality, and creative expression through dance in a fun and supportive environment.

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Our Offerings

• Adaptive Dance Movement Classes

• Creative Movement Classes

• Beginner Ballet Classes

• Private Lessons: Ballet & Pointe

• Birthday Parties

• Volunteering Opportunities

Our instructors mentor high school students through hands on volunteer work as assistants in our classes.
If you are a high school student who is interested in volunteering please contact us for more information.

About Us

Our mission is to make the art of ballet and dance accessible to everyone and to bring the Adaptive Dance program to local public and private schools.

Adaptive Dance helps children develop movement skills, musicality, and creative expression through dance in a fun and supportive environment.

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Natalie Gasparini

Founder & Artistic Director

Natalie began studying ballet locally at the age of three. Her serious training and study continued in NYC at Manhattan Youth Ballet, SLK Ballet and with summer intensives at American Ballet Theater and Complexions. Her many instructors have included ABT Principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko, Sara Knight, Olga Dvorovenko, Deborah Wingert and Marina Stavitskaya. In 2018, Natalie placed Top 12 in the classical division at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in Boston for her “Nikiya” solo variation from the ballet La Bayadere. She has also placed top 5 at the CT Classic Ballet Competition. At the age of 16, Natalie attended Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance training program, becoming certified to teach Adaptive Dance and began assisting in a local school program. At the age of 17, Natalie took over the Adaptive Dance program and a year later she created Adaptive Dance Greenwich. Natalie teaches both creative movement and beginner ballet classes to children. Natalie is currently a Dean's List BFA candidate at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance and a member of the Purchase Dance Company. Natalie is a James S. Barton “Emerging Artist” Scholarship recipient, which is given to talented students pursuing BFA degrees in the Arts.

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Kim Hamilton

Program Director

Kim Hamilton holds an M.A. degree in child psychology and development from New York University. She has been working and teaching in private pre-nursery schools and individually with families for more than 30 years.



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Our Team Members

Our assistants are local high school and college students.



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Our Affliates

Adaptive Dance Greenwich is a proud partner with the YWCA Greenwich.

Our Classes

Adaptive Dance is a ballet and movement class for children with Down Syndrome and other cognitive and physical disabilities. Classes range in age from 4-17 years old. The class is tailored to improve coordination, develop musicality, foster social skills, while building confidence through movement and music in a supportive environment. During the hour long class, students work on a variety of activities including- warm-up exercises, ballet exercises at the barre, musical activities, movement games, dance phrases, choreography, and individual and group free dance expression. There is an end of the year showcase presented in costume for parents and guests.

  • 14-18 Year Olds

    10AM-11AM
    Saturdays at the YWCA Greenwich

  • 5-8 Year Olds

    11PM-12PM
    Saturdays at the YWCA Greenwich

  • 9-13 Year Olds

    12PM-1PM
    Saturdays at the YWCA Greenwich

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"Natalie, you are the most amazing role model for our kids. Your dedication is amazing. Rosie has loved every moment and so have I. A place that offers freedom of expression for our kids as well as teaching them a discipline plus they get to exercise without any effort or persuasion. A safe space to meet, chat and compare notes with other mothers who understand. I cannot thank you enough for all that you do. Kim, your never ending support has been greatly appreciated over the years."




“My daughter Grace has been a part of Adaptive Dance Greenwich for five years. In that time I have watched her blossom into a confident young lady. Thanks to Natalie and her desire to teach each student from the heart, Grace has grown in her dance skills and self confidence. So much so, that she has performed in several musical productions in our town. An added benefit to this program are the many friends Grace and I have met. The other students are encouraging and cheer each other on! Natalie is an amazing instructor and role model for her students. She has a passion for dance and specifically for Adaptive dance! We are grateful for this wonderful program!”




“My daughter has been taking classes here for several years. Natalie has developed a very special program where the girls are treated like real ballerinas while allowing them to be their unique selves. It’s programs like these that allow our children to live their best childhoods and follow their dreams. I highly recommend Adaptive Dance Greenwich for anyone with a special dancer in their life.”




“We are so grateful to Adaptive Dance Greenwich. Thanks to this amazing organization and instructors, both our daughters - one with Down syndrome and one just a huge fan - love going to ballet week after week.”




“Adaptive ballet for Kamilah is a routine. Saturday's ballet is special day it helps her focus and have discipline. Adaptive Dance also helps our daughter, Angela, in her second year in ballet, with her for ADHD.”




“My daughter has been a student with Adaptive Dance Greenwich since September 2019. EV has low muscle tone and a Chiari malformation (which impacts her gross motor ability). Beforehand, I was hesitant to sign her up for any dance. She’s enjoyed Adaptive Dance from Day 1. Natalie, Kim and the other teachers are so wonderful!”




“My daughter, Nancy, who has always been interested in dance and especially Ballet, has been blessed to be a class member of Adaptive Dance of Greenwich. My experience in finding her a ballet class, which was appropriate for her age and ability, started a few years back. As the years go by and the classes get larger and more diverse in age groups, it is no wonder that the children are so happy being a part of this class. We, as a family, would like to acknowledge and commend all of the young teachers who have and continue to provide this tremendous and selfless service to the Special needs community! It has been a Gift given freely to our children out of love of Dance and True Friendship.... We Thank you, Natalie and friends from the bottom of our hearts on behalf of our daughter who never wants to miss a Ballet class with her amazing Teachers and Friends!”

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Email Us:
adaptivedancegreenwich@gmail.com