Nashville Welcomes its First All-Inclusive Dance Studio

by Bridget Conrad | 9/4/2019 2:43 AM

Photo Credit: moveinclusivedance.com

This week, Nashville officially joined the inclusive dance movement by welcoming its first all-inclusive dance studio. Studio owner Lauren Beasley introduced Move Inclusive Dance Studio to the Bellevue community on September 3 when the studio's first year of scheduled classes began. Even though Beasley's studio is a small space, she and her staff have a huge passion for offering all people in the Nashville area the same opportunity to experience joy through dance.

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Beasley, who danced all the way through college, has always been an advocate for providing arts to the special needs community. “I’ve always just had a place in my heart for this community of people. Why wouldn’t there be something like this for them if I had such a great experience? I feel like everyone should have the opportunity,” Beasley told Fox17 Nashville.

Move Inclusive Dance Studio now offers classes of various genres including ballet, hip-hop, and music therapy to all ages and ability levels. The studio also offers a special class called Move with Me which takes place periodically throughout the year and is completely inclusive. All ability levels come together with the same goal of learning and experiencing joy through movement. 


In an interview with Fox17 Nashville, a Nashville-area mom expressed the need for a studio like this because it’s the perfect activity for her four kids to do together and it’s especially beneficial for her son, Bennett, who has cerebral palsy.

“It’s so important with cerebral palsy to be able to move his body and to be able to practice his motor skills, to be able to do that is like a form of therapy for him, and also a good outlet because he loves to dance.”

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Beasley’s idea for inclusive dance programming began as “The Project,” which was created to hold quarterly dance projects for people with Down syndrome. After a crowdfunding campaign was set up through iFundWomen to get this organization off the ground,the group went on to host a successful music video dance camp for 13 dancers ages 13-29. Later, it also held an inclusive dance party for girls ages 6+ in partnership with Magpies Girl.

Photo Credit: moveinclusivedance.com

In 2019, “The Project” became Move Inclusive Dance Studio and a second crowdfunding campaign with iFundWomen was held to raise over $100,000 and open Nashville’s first full-time inclusive dance studio. Today, the mission of Move is to use the power of dance to transform the lives of individuals with special needs.

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Tuition for classes at Move Inclusive Dance Studio is based on the total number of weekly classes taken by a student. Classes run with the calendar school year (Sept.-May), but new students are accepted in every class until the class is at maximum capacity. All enrolled students are invited to participate in Move’s annual performance at the end of the school year in June.

For more information on Move Inclusive Dance Studio, its classes, and how to donate to this worthy cause, visit moveinclusivedance.com

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