Unique Kids Integrative Dance
A dance education program for children with special needs.
In February 2021, Melina's Dance Company, announced plans to expand their program for people with special needs and individual learning differences. “There’s a lack of opportunity for this community to experience the benefits of dance. I set out to learn as much as I could so MDC could offer purposeful dance classes that would benefit the students far outside the studio,” said studio owner, Krystal Klem.
On April 16, 2021, Krystal, became a certified instructor through Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a clinically based hip hop dance program that utilizes sensory processing, kinesiology, and behavioral analysis as a foundation to build customizable classes for the students. “The purpose of such a comprehensive program is to provide our certified teachers with the tools and education necessary to effectively make a difference in their student’s lives,” said Tricia Gomez, Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance. “Emerging research is showing that movement, music, and rhythm, when combined, light up the brain in ways that create new neuropathways. Dance is a powerful modality that offers an opportunity to build social, emotional, cognitive, and motor skills. Plus it’s tons of fun!”
“I am so excited about the opportunities this program will offer our community,” said Krystal. “This class will be available to the community beginning July 1st, 2021. I am excited to work with program administrator, Kelly Long, and with MDC National Honor Society members to offer this one of a kind interactive dance class. The students will have the opportunity to dance with their peers in all MDC performances and will help educate and raise awareness of the importance of dance for everyone.”
Melina's is also pleased to announce that our studio has partnered with Darby’s Dancers, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to provide dance classes to children with special needs at its Lorton, VA studio.
Melina's is preparing to launch their program and are looking for children with special needs to participate. The program will be provided free of charge to the students including dance classes, attire, recital costumes and other items deemed necessary for the students to participate. The cost of the program will be funded by business and personal partners and donations throughout the community.
Darby’s Dancers was founded by the parents of Darby Jones of Huntsville, Alabama. Darby had Down Syndrome and was an avid dancer before she lost her life to leukemia in 2013. The program was developed to honor Darby’s legacy and allows children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts through dance education.
MDC is so excited to be offering the Darby’s Dancers component to our Integrative Dance program this year. Melina's NHSDA members will be assisting the children with special needs.
Unique Kids Integrative Dance Classes are available on Saturdays from 1pm to 2pm. For more information on Melina's UKID classes or to register your special dancer email Ms. Krystal directly at