Hands in the air for one of our favorite community collaborators, Special Stars.
Every morning, Samantha Kuczun, owner and director of Special Stars Performing Arts Program, warms up her classroom with her bright smile. Special Stars, which opened in 2014, changed the way performing arts are taught to those with disabilities. It caught our attention at CLASS and individuals began attending the program in early 2015.
To prepare for each performance in front of friends and family, CLASS participants develop their talents at the Special Star's studio in Salisbury, Mass., for a full month.
"Special Stars is dedicated to helping each individual discover their own personal strength, talent, and potential," Samantha says. "Our mission is to provide access to the performing arts for those with special needs. We inspire, encourage, and empower."
Students learn to express themselves through creative group music and movement classes to perform in front of an audience with confidence.
"In just four short years, we have shared dance, music and acting exercises with more than 300 individuals," she says. "We've also hosted performances at a variety of venues, such as the Blue Ocean Music Hall Tree Festival, the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming Parade and multiple sporting events across New England.
"This fall, we're planning a truly inclusive dance program," she continues. "Stay tuned -- we will bring the entire community into our classroom to create interactions with everybody."
Thank you, Special Stars Performing Arts Program,
for helping CLASS redefine what's possible.