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.
Angelica Cilio and Katherine Reynolds both have brothers on the Autism Spectrum. They saw 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 the girls became certified to teach adaptive ballet by taking a training course at The Boston Ballet in the summer of 2021. Angelica has moved on from FlowerPetals and attends UConn, but Katherine, a senior at GHS leads the Beginning Dance Class
Katherine Reynolds is a senior at Greenwich High School. She has 3 siblings and has been dancing ballet since she was 3 years of age. Katherine has attended the Greenwich Ballet Academy since 2010 and has performed in 12 Nutrackers. She has attended several summer intensive programs at the Bolshoi School of Ballet Summer intensives in NYC. Katherine has participated on the JV High School Dance team as Captain. In 2021, she was certified to teach Adaptive Dance by The Boston School of Ballet and she and her mother started FlowerPetalsAdaptiveDance. Katherine currently teaches the beginning dance on Sundays. She is an active partcipant in the Special Needs community because her little brother Christopher has Autism. Katherine co-created Dance Buddies at her High School and has recruited other high school studetns to join our club. She is on the Teen Board of another non-profit called CoffeeForGood Inc. located in Greenwich, CT. The Teen board partners with the employees that have special needs who work there.
Ella Ryb, a senior at Greenwich High School, is a company member of Allegra Dance Greenwich Studio. She performs annually at Stamford's Palace Theatre and at community and fundraising events. In addion to be co-president of Dance Buddies of GHS, Ella also teaches adaptive dance at FlowerPetals. Ella is an All-State chorus member of the performing arts community. Ella is an experienced youth leader, both in local summer camps and a member of Generation Impact.