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Due to the dramatic underrepresentation of disabled artists within the dance world, Divergence Dance Conservatory prides itself in offering dance training as well as performance opportunities for children and adults with atypical sensory processing and varying disabilities. Classes that contain students with disabilities will function as typical dance instruction, with modifications made to fulfill sensory sensitivities and other obstacles presented within the disability of the student. The agenda has been to integrate students into classes with the neurotypical and able-bodied student base as the student and their parents see fit. Inclusion of all students, as opposed to exclusion and separation, is the long-term goal of the educational platform.
Higher education programs within University Dance programs offer a multitude of information often left out of dance schools due to the lack of education obtained by the instructors. Divergence Dance Conservatory offers a wide range of opportunities for students of all ages to understand more than just the steps learned within the walls of a dance studio. These topics include: Dance History, Art Activism, Cultural Appropriation and Under Representation in dance, Somatic movement practices, Injury prevention, Choreographic Tools, and Dance Analysis. Divergence Dance Conservatory is able to offer such a well rounded dance education due to continued education within it’s staff which is undervalued at the average dance school in the Greater Sacramento Area.
Body positive atmosphere is another matter of great importance at Divergence Dance Conservatory. Traditionally dance education that focuses on performance based artforms, such as Classical Ballet, are breeding grounds for body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Divergence Dance Conservatory has taken the intuitive approach to combat these lifelong struggles by adapting the environment and language used in instruction provided by research found amongst dance scholars. An example of our tactics include dancers training to use sensory systems such as proprioception as a means to grasp movement concepts as opposed to the age-old tradition of using mirror images to “perfect” each movement and line. In addition, dancers are never stigmatized for their body size or genetic characteristics that are generally viewed as important factors when training for a career in dance.