Partnership strives to make dance accessible for all

Published on August 23, 2022

Class members sit on the floor in the recreation center.

Aug. 23, 2022 —Experience music like never before while you dance along to the beat! Feel the Beat, a local nonprofit on a mission to make the experience of music and dance possible for those who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and for those with or without disabilities, has partnered with the City of Lakewood, to bring a one-of-a-kind reverberating floor to Whitlock Recreation Center, 1555 Dover St.

Through Feel the Beat’s patented floor technology, sound waves are converted into vibrations felt on a pliable floor. These vibrations travel through the bones and hearing system just as a sound wave would move through the air, allowing students to connect with the music and the beat through body motion. When combined with a specialized curriculum, musical tools and teachers communicating via American Sign Language, the result is a fully accessible and inclusive music and dance experience. For parent Jenny Watson, the difference the floor made for her young daughter was immediate.

“From the first class, she attended we could tell this was going to have an amazing influence on her. When she first felt the music through the floor she just lit up!” said Watson whose daughter participated in a recent class.

To feel the beat and learn about this exceptional program, sign up for a class or attend the grand opening event hosted by Feel the Beat and Whitlock Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


ABOUT Feel the Beat:

Since its founding in 2016, Feel the Beat has served more than 6,000 students of all ages and abilities through hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and movement classes. After running a successful dance studio for several years in Wheat Ridge, Feel the Beat now partners with community organizations and locations to install its floor and curriculum in community spaces including at Whitlock Recreation Center. Learn more about Feel the Beat and register for fall classes at Classes start Sept 12, so register today!

ABOUT Whitlock Recreation Center: 303-987-4800

One of four recreation centers in Lakewood, the Charles Whitlock center features a fitness studio, free weight and TRX zones, three gymnasiums, two racquetball courts and four outdoor pickleball courts. Whitlock is a popular location for sports, fitness classes, adult leagues, youth leagues and wheelchair sports drop-in programs.