BAE’s Adaptive Dance Classes are designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delays, or sensory sensitives who would benefit from an accessible, empowering, and fun dance experience. Sensory-friendly classes are held within a warm and encouraging environment where children will have the opportunity to explore the joys of creative movement and live music while building coordination, musicality, expression, strength, and social skills.

View Adaptive Dance Digital Brochure

the press release announcing this new program!

  • Classes include a head teacher, assistants, and live music accompaniment.
  • Classes will use elements of ballet and creative movement and focus on building gross motor skills, musicality, and expression through dance.
  • For ages 3-4: Students will move through the entirety of the class with the support of a parent or caregiver.
  • For ages 5-7: Parents and caregivers are encouraged to wait outside the classroom or watch class from the window, but may assist their child if they need extra support.
  • Additional time will be provided before and after class to chat with Miss. Mackenzie, and get acclimated to the room.
  • Students are more than welcome to sit if they need a break. A quiet corner of the classroom will be set up where they may sit, relax, and observe, or they may exit the room with supervision.

Summer 2023 Class Schedule
Ages 5-7: Saturday, 10:10-10:50am

2023-2024 Class Schedule
Ages 3-4: Sunday, 10:10-10:50am
Ages 5-7: Sunday, 9:20-10:00am

Schedule subject to change. 

Register for Summer 2023

Register for 2023-24 School Year

or call 212-410-9140 to learn more about the program.

Summer 2023 
June 26 – August 19, 2023
Please note; BAE will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. 

Special Weeks
Favorite Stuffed Animal Day: Saturday, July 15
Parents’ Observation Day: Saturday, July 29
Favorite Leotard Day: Saturday, August 19

2023-24 School Year

Session 1: October 1, 2023 – January 21, 2024. Make-up day January 28, 2024
Session 2: February 11 – June 2, 2024. Make-up day June 9, 2024

School Holiday Closings
Yom Kippur: Monday, September, 25
Italian Heritage/Indigenous People’s Day: Monday, October 9
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 23-Sunday, November 26
Winter Break: Saturday, December 23-Friday, January 5
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 15
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 19
Spring Break: Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 31
Easter: Sunday, March 31
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 25-Monday, May 27

Special Weeks
Hallow-eek!: Sunday, October 29
Favorite Leotard Week: Sunday, November 19
Parent Observation: Sunday, December 17
Favorite Stuffed Animal: Sunday, January 21
Favorite Leotard: Sunday, April 21
Parent Observation: Sunday, May 19
Favorite Stuffed Animal: Sunday, June 2

Summer 2023 Tuition 
$400 for an 8-week session

2023-24 School Year Tuition 
$700 for a 14-week session

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Please note; enrollment is ongoing and tuition is prorated based on the week a child begins class. Please contact us at for a tuition quote.

Classes are led by faculty member Mackenzie Fey, a graduate of BAE, professional ballet dancer, and experienced Adaptive Dance teacher. Miss Mackenzie previously taught Adaptive Dance at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and has completed additional training through Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program. Several teaching assistants will participate in the class to ensure that there will be many helping hands for our dancers.

Learn more about the BAE Faculty.

Students may wear comfortable athletic wear or dance attire to allow for ease in movement. Socks or ballet slippers are recommended. 

Our first and foremost commitment is to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, extended families and community. Please click on the link below to view our Health and Safety protocols. This document will be continuous updated as new information becomes available.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines

“Performing in BAE productions gave me the opportunity to take my skills to the next level in highly produced productions. It was also such a thrill to dance in front of a live audience in New York City.”