Adapted Dance Movement classes are for everyone regardless of their mobility requirements or age, focusing on strengths and potential. Classes are set in a positive environment encouraging imagination, self-expression, creativity and communication through movement and rhythm exercises. Adaptive Dance can bring individuals a feeling of self-empowerment, freedom and self-esteem. Improvisation, imagery and relaxation techniques are incorporated to help reduce anxiety and stress. The class also focuses breath awareness, balance, muscle control and strengthening, fine & gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- No Prior dance experience is needed
- Various dance disciplines are incorporated into the class which may include ballet, jazz, creative movement, various styles from around the world and yoga postures
- Classes are designed to accommodate a “come-as-you-are” group, though loose-fitting or athletic attire is best
- All props and equipment are provided. Props including ribbons, scarves, rhythm sticks and parachutes may be used
- Age-appropriate music and movement are used throughout the class
Click here to view a short video feature where the Martha Krabill demonstrates and speaks about some of the benefits of Adapted Dance Movement Classes
Click here to read the Five Advantages of Dance Therapy written by Martha Krabill for the Disability Resource Organization
About the Instructor:
Martha Krabill is the Owner & Artistic Director of 5678 Dance, LLC. 5678 Dance offers enrichment classes to elementary and middle school aged Children. Martha began teaching in 2002 and has choreographed for numerous organizations including PBS Kids, Think Film, The Discovery Channel, the Military District of Washington and Award Winning Dance Studios and Dance Teams across the United States. Since 2014 Martha has performed in and choreographed the performances for The Gridiron Club’s Annual Dinner in Washington DC.
In 2005 Martha discovered a deep passion for working with individuals with special needs as an expressive dance instructor and now spends a large part of her time teaching at various programs around the Northern Virginia area. In 2009, she was awarded for her extraordinary levels of service to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by the Arlington County Department of Human Services. Click here to view a short video feature where Martha Krabill demonstrates and speaks about some of the benefits of expressive dance movement classes.
In addition to teaching and Directing 5678 Dance, Martha serves as an Active Duty Soldier in The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” as a Vocalist and Staging Choreographer. In 2001, at age 17, Martha enlisted in the Army as a Paratrooper with The 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. In 2004 she represented the US Army on Fox’s American Idol where she was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine and CBS's Inside Edition. Martha has performed around the world entertaining U.S. troops in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Some of her Military Career highlights include performing with The Joint Service Chorus for the funerals of Presidents Reagan, Ford and Bush Senior, Super Bowl MMXVI, The National Christmas Tree Lighting, The White House 4th of July and Easter Egg Roll, The National Memorial Day Concert and hosting ESPN's Sports Nation Military episode and Official Army Birthday Ball.