Every Sunday, this group of young women come to the Greenwich Arts Council and volunteer their time and work with the young dancers. They are all so passionate and love to be there and it is truly magical to be in a room filled with such positivity.
Katherine Reynolds and Angelica Cilio, along with their mothers (Erika and Andrea, pictured above), created Flower Petals Adaptive Dance. They are both high school students at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT. They dance together on their high school dance team and at The Greenwich Ballet Academy. They've recruited passionate and loving volunteers from the community to work one-on-one with our precious Flower Petals dancers.
Both Angelica and Katherine have brothers on the Autism Spectrum. They've seen how difficult it is to find recreational programs for children with special needs. They decided to share their love of dance with the special needs community and became certified to teach adaptive ballet by taking a training course at The Boston Ballet in the summer of 2021. Together they lead both the dancers and the volunteers in class.
Special Needs Consultant
Emily received her Bachelors from Fordham University in Psychology and Anthropology. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Speech Language Pathology at NYU. Emily has two years experience working in ABA therapy. Previously she has worked as a producer for the theater company Off Beat Players who boast a cast of all abilities ranging from ages 13 to 25. She also has over 9 years experience working directly with individuals of all abilities. Emily is excited to be working with Flower Petals and looks forward to helping all the dancers surpass their goals. If she is not working you can find her baking cookies or playing with her dog.
Volunteer and Teacher
Ella Grace Worraker is a senior at Staples High School and has been dancing since she was two years old, with a focus on classical ballet. She currently trains at renowned ballet schools in Connecticut and New York. In addition, Ella Grace was selected to participate in summer intensives at some of the world's most prestigious ballet schools, including: The Royal Ballet School, Canada's National Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. She joined Flower Petals in January 2022, and feels she has found her calling. The highlight of her week is being in the studio with the amazing Flower Petal dancers... making magic!