Mount Sinai and NYC Ballet Partner on Workshops for Children with Dystonia


Children with dystonia are invited to participate in a series of free dance workshops and events hosted by New York City Ballet (NYCB) and Mount Sinai. Since 2014, New York City Ballet Access Programs have introduced children and adults with disabilities to dance and performance arts. Advance registration is required.

Criteria for participating:

  • Ideal candidates are children with dystonia between the ages of 4 – 12 years.
  • Any level of disability is welcome (from children who do not use any assistive devices to those who do)
  • Siblings are welcome/encouraged to also participate! Parents/guardians remain in the room and act as the “audience” throughout the workshops.
  • Ideally, families will commit to attending all 3 events. If they are not able to attend any of the movement workshops (due to illness, transportation issues, other obligations, etc.), NYCB unfortunately is not able to provide tickets to the performance, as this is strongly tied to what the children are learning in the workshops. If they are able to make it to at least one of the movement workshops, they are welcome to attend the performance.
  • The program is free of charge for the families.
  • Movement workshops are led by 2 NYCB dancers with live piano accompaniment. 

Below are the dates/times:

  • Sat., May 12, 11AM – 12PM: Movement workshop
  • Sat., May 19, 11AM – 12PM: Movement workshop
  • Sat., May 26, 11AM – 12PM: Participating families receive a maximum of 4 complimentary tickets to the NYCB Family Saturdays performance. This is a program especially for families, hosted by a NYCB Dancer, that includes the performance of several excerpts from NYCB’s repertory accompanied by a small ensemble of musicians and with audience participation. Immediately following this performance, there is a short reception for all of the families from 12 – 12:30PM. Note: this is Memorial Day Weekend.

Locations: All events take place on the Lincoln Center campus. Location and directions will be provided upon registration.

More information, contact:

Kat Safavi, M. Ed., LCSW
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Mount Sinai Downtown-Union Square
10 Union Square East, Suite 5F11
T: 212.844.6779

Accelerating Research & Inspiring Hope

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) has served the dystonia community since 1976. Join us in our global effort to find a cure.