special-needs

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CCPlus is dedicated to providing fitness programs for people of all abilities and we are proud to become an advocate for inclusion through the “Commit to Inclusion” initiative*. Our special needs programs are designed for people of all abilities, allowing everyone the chance to express themselves in a supportive and encouraging environment.

 

 

Special Needs Programs/Services offered:

  • My Chance to Dance – modified dance/exercise for those with special needs
  • Club My Chance to Dance – Modified instruction of line and party dances
  • Zumba (Special Needs) – Latin-based dance and movement program
  • Family Fitness – Gets the whole family involved in the party with dance and movement activities
  • Yoga (Special Needs) – Yoga practice with modifications as needed
  • Large Event Instruction

 

picture-2My Chance to Dance™ was created in 2000 to meet the needs of people with physical and/or developmental disabilities who wanted to attend dance/exercise classes designed for them. The program offers:

 

  • Dances choreographed with easy movements to build on success and avoid failure
  • Staff that is caring and trained to get everyone moving to the best of their ability
  • Music and props to create a party atmosphere while amping up the fun factor
  • A wheelchair and walker friendly program
  • Family and caregivers are always invited to join in

 

My Chance to Dance™ was awarded the 2002 Governor’s Award for Amateur Athletic event and has been a participant at the Michigan Special Olympics since 2003. Our program has evolved through the years to incorporate movement and instructional techniques to provide a great class that is fun and beneficial for our participants.

 

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  • Improved social skills
  • Improved gross & fine motor skills
  • Calorie burn
  • Enhanced mood
  • Blood sugar stabilization
  • Improved flexibility, strength and endurance

 

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PRESS

Check out the links below to see an interview about My Chance to Dance on PBS’s “A Wider World” and ABC’s “Mom’s A Genius Segment” featuring CCPlus:

A Wider World Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=2DHLZQKXBSw

Mom’s a Genius Video

http://www.wxyz.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/moms-a-genius/moms-a-genius-dancing-their-way-to-success


Amazing Groups we work with:

Autism Society of Macomb/St.Clair

Families Exploring Down Syndrome

Special Olympics of Michigan

Macomb Intermediate School District


Eric Winter “RicStar” Music Therapy Camp

St. Clair Shores Special Needs Summer Camp

Trenton SNAP Camp

Sterling Heights Special Recreation

Down Syndrome Guild of SE Michigan

Macomb Oakland Regional Center

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*To learn more about the commit to inclusion initiative visit: www.committoinclusion.org.

For more information about our programs, please contact Peggy DiMercurio at 586-801-4902 or at specialneeds@ccplusfitness.com

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TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS

 

“On July 10, 2011 the first of many Club 21/My Chance to Dance classes began. These lessons are for those 13 and up.  Peggy is an awesome instructor from CCPlus who specializes in working with kids and young adults with special needs and knows how to get everyone moving.  Our young adults enjoy the socialization and dancing.”

Paula DeRosiers

Families Exploring Down Syndrome

 

“For 15 years my son, Trevor, has been taking dance/exercise lessons with CCPlus. He loves it!!! Each week all the dancers look forward to seeing each other and learning the up-to-date dances.  They feel like everyone else out on the dance floor and that’s what is important. Trevor’s brothers always ask, “where did you get that dance move?” and we reply, “CCPlus!”

Cheryl Taylor

Families Exploring Down Syndrome

 

“I have taken groups of students with developmental disabilities to My Chance to Dance for the past several years. Every trip there has been a group favorite!  Peggy DiMercurio is a phenomenal instructor. She caters to the needs of all the students and ensures that they are all engaged, able to follow along and, above all, have fun!  She loves to interact with the students and get everyone pumped up to dance and move to the music!  She does a great job of mixing it up with different songs (she even takes requests!), moves and props. My Chance to Dance will always be on my list of Community Based Instructional Outings.”

Katie McGowan

Post-Secondary CI Teacher

Seaholm Annex

 

“The Macomb/St. Clair Autism Society

has worked with Peggy from CCPlus for over 10 years, providing exercise programs and participation opportunities for the children and young adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  We have been holding a weekly “exercise class” at CCPlus, instructed by Peggy, to provide appropriate exercises and encouragement to our population of kids. This program, which provides safe, easy instruction to our kids, not only gets them “moving” but laughing, socializing and participating in “life” skills each and every week.”

Theresa Gabalis

President, Macomb/St. Clair County Affiliate Autism Society

www.macombasa.org