Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
Manhasset SEPTA announces a special needs Spring Fling dance for tweens and teens to be held on Friday, April 26 in the Manhasset High School Annex Room (next to the cafeteria). This Friday night dance social is open to all families on the North Shore. The dance and three weeks of free dance lesson workshops is funded by a generous grant by the North Shore Autism Circle.
The dance lessons are on Saturdays at 11 a.m. in the Manhasset High School cafeteria/annex room on April 6, 13 and 20. These workshops are free to attend.
The dance is free to attend, but space is limited to 40 participants, so signing up to save a spot is recommended. There will be parent volunteers serving to decorate, provide snacks, treats and beverages, and to chaperone. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with families entering in the gym/rear entrance of the Manhasset High School. The music begins by 7:30 p.m. with breaks for socializing and hospitality. Parents are to pick up students by 9 p.m.
The Spring Fling is adapted to support the needs of children with various disabilities. In addition, the dance is MC-ed and DJ-ed by two special education teachers and professional MC/DJs who will lead the group in popular dances like Gangnam Style, Cupid Shuffle, and the Cha Cha Slide.
Although many special needs teens enjoy music and like to dance, parents found kids not joining in family parties or school dances for typically developing peers. With the DJ Dance-Along program, and this adaptive Spring Fling dance, special needs teens can now enjoy a memorable adolescent ‘rite of passage.’
The North Shore Autism Circle, based in Manhasset, has supported Manhasset SEPTA’s program with a generous grant. The grant received last spring of $5,400 funds two outstanding tween/teen programs for children on the spectrum. “We are so thankful for the generous support from the North Shore Autism Circle—and for helping to fund our community programs for tweens and teens,” Manhassset SEPTA grant writer and vice president Christine Kreiger stated.
A generous donation from parents will be funding the decorations; donations for snacks, beverages and treats are also being accepted.