Darby's Dancers

Woodbury Dancer Center is the proud home of Darby’s Dancers! Darby’s Dancers is a non-profit organization that provides specialized classes for dancers with special needs. Each dancer is paired with a volunteer coach and will take class once a week. There is no charge to dancer/families for the classes. Please read the information below about WDC’s Darby’s Dancers Program and use the links to join the program, become a coach, or learn more about Darby’s Dancers.

Darby’s Dancers provides a fun and encouraging activity for special needs children to strengthen muscles, increase coordination, build confidence and form life long friendships. To learn more about the organization, use the link below to visit their website.

Learn More About Darby’s Dancers Here

Darby’s Dancers Regular Season Schedule 2017-2018

WDC’s Darby’s Dancers Schedule
Classes will start Tuesday, September 12th/Saturday, September 16th.

Saturdays @ STUDIO 7 (Instructor:  Rebecca Habel)
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Ages 4 to 7
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Ages 8 to 11
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  Ages 12+ girls only
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Ages 8+ boys only

Tuesdays @ MAIN STUDIO  (Instructor:  Katia Bode)
7:15 – 8:00 p.m.   Ages 8+  girls only

No classes held on the follow dates for holiday breaks:

Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween
Saturday, November 25th – Thanksgiving Break
Tuesdays, December 19th & 26th /Saturdays, December 23rd & 30th – Winter Break
Tuesday, March 27th/ Saturday, March 31st – Spring Break

Dancers will have the opportunity to perform in a year end performance.  Their costume as well as shoes and dance wear for class will be provide at no cost, as well.

Dancer Application Form


Darby’s Dancers Summer 2017

Summer Session 1:  June 22nd – July 20th (no class July 6th)
Summer Session 2:  July 27th – August 17th

Thursdays @ Studio 7
5:00 – 5:30  Ages 4-7
5:30 – 6:15  Ages 8-11
6:15 – 7:00  Ages 12+ girls
7:00 – 7:45  Ages 12+ boys

Dancer Application Form


Darby’s Dancers Volunteer Coaches

Each dancer will be paired with a teen volunteer coach during class. The volunteer aspect is an integral aspect of the organization. The special needs dancers may be able to perform the dance steps independently, or they may need more assistance depending on their disability.  The volunteer coach helps the dancer by modeling the dance steps and assisting them in following directions.

Interested in becoming a teen volunteer coach?? Use the link below for the volunteer application form.

Volunteer Application Form

Instructors: Rebecca Habel, Katia Bode, Brittney Luchsinger & Jessica Ducklow

Read Rebecca’s Biography HERE

Read Katia’s Biography HERE

Brittney began dancing at Woodbury Dance Center in recreational dance at 4 years old, when the studio first opened. She then became part of WDC’s competition teams and performed with the top lines for 12 years in tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She has been teaching our adaptive dance progam at WDC for the past year. She hopes to share her knowledge and passion for dance. She recently graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in psychology and hopes to continue her education in occupational therapy.  She is very excited and happy to continue teaching specialized classes for children and young adults with special needs through the Darby’s Dancers program at WDC.

Jessica Ducklow has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Education. She has been teaching students with special needs for 16 years, the majority of which have been spent in a multi-categorical classroom. Jessica has taught a range of ages from elementary to high school. She has also volunteered with Special Olympics and coached Adaptive Floor Hockey. Jessica loves working with kids and encouraging them in activities that support their growth and development.