Atlanta, GA

DATE/TIME: September-May on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm

LOCATION: Atlanta Dance Central in Roswell, GA



The Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy is dedicated to giving everyone an  opportunity to dance. The Dance Academy offers weekly class for its  participants, and helps individuals with Down syndrome work on muscle  tone, balance and coordination. Classes also increase opportunities for  social interaction and promote awareness about the benefits of dance for all people -- regardless of their abilities or disabilities. To get  involved with these classes as either a participant or volunteer,  contact us!

The goal of the Foster-Schmidt program is provide a dance training-ground for students with Down syndrome that is similar to other studio programming.    Each student's progress is evaluated individually, communicated to the parents through our semi-annual evaluations, and level placement is determined.  The classes, as with all of our studio classes, are not meant to be a social group, but a way for students to increase their dance and coordination skills to the highest possible level.

From the Director:   "I  have seen the students grow under the program and achieve things that  they, themselves, thought that they could not.  I know that through  incremental steps they can accomplish a lot.   Dance training provides a lot more than just dance, including discipline, responsibility, self  respect, and determination.  This is the mission of ADC and I feel that  the classes for Foster-Schmidt are no exception."


The Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome was created by Vince Schmidt and Charlotte Foster. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, Charlotte Foster currently serves as founder and artistic director of SIDEWAYS contemporary dance company. Her choreography has received impressive feedback from noteworthy dance professionals: Ann Reinking, Steve Rooks, Wendy Perron, and Mia Michaels. Her work was presented at University of Georgia’s Center for Undergraduate Research Organization Conference (CURO) and featured in the University of Georgia’s Journal of Undergraduate Research (JURO). Through her work with SIDEWAYS, Charlotte developed her own creative movement educational program, “Everyone is an Artist”, which involves teaching children movement fundamentals in order for them to be able to express themselves through dance. The program has been presented to various schools across Georgia this year. Charlotte has taught jazz, modern, tap, ballet, kinder dance, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop, and voice, having students ranging from two and a half to adult. Her thesis paper regarding dance movement therapy and its applications for the various types of individuals is currently being edited for submission to the Journal of Dance Therapy.


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The Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome can not be successful without the tremendous efforts of our countless "Buddy's", Instructors and special friends. Check out some of our "Special Friends" that we would like to thank who helped make the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy come to life.