"My daughter attended the Cooke Grammar School and now Cooke Center Academy. She enjoys Gavrilov Dance Program and enrolls in this program whenever it is available. She is a shy teenager but Gavrilov Dance brought out her confidence! So thankful to all their dancing instructors. They ROCK!"
Rose Chin Lectora, Parent of student
"I had the best time dancing with Alexey today. He treated me with respect and maintained a level of professionalism that I don't often experience. He was kind and courteous without being overbearing, or 'fake' (i.e. he treated me as a fellow human). He might not be well-versed in my particular disability, but that's okay because he's adaptable. Alexey gives to your needs and desire to excel; albeit with accommodations, of course, is extremely admirable. Today was only my first lesson, but I will certainly be back. Highly recommended."
Anna Nicasio, Student (Private Lesson)
"Watching the videos of our middle school students doing ballroom dancing was absolutely amazing. After almost 20 years working with children with special needs, the students' interests and abilities still inspire awe - I keep expectations high, and still the students exceed them! It's thanks to dedicated, talented, open-minded, and open-hearted people like you that the students had such a special, confidence-building, memorable, and healthy experience. I hope you'll be back!"
Katelyn Salvato, Speech-Language Pathologist at Cooke Center Grammar School
"She has down syndrome and the characteristics of having down syndrome is that they are a bit withdrawn and at times don't really engage with other people. We were lucky enough to have found this program. We are thankful for the fact that there are people who have shown commitment to make this project possible. I hope that this project will progress such that not just our daughter Breanna will be able to participate and be given the opportunity, but other children as well".
Brenda, Breanna's mother
"I would recommend to any parent of a special needs child to get involved in anything that their child likes to do and find programs to do this".
Sue Osborn, Candice's mother
"When I found out about the program from the Providence children’s center, they thought with Triston’s sensory issues and his speech delay which is about 2 years that he would benefit from the program. We did it for Triston’s social skills and to help him with his sensory issues. He has come a long way. The change in him has been amazing. Now he just had his week of camp at camp prov and he was teaching his green group how to macarena and waltz".
Elaine Caylore, Triston's mother
"This program is a really great program. The key is that they love it more than therapy. They like to come. Salina started to be able to move her right knee and right arm more which was really weak and she told me “Daddy, it’s really great!”.
Semhar Asfona, Salina's father
"I feel extremely privileged and honored to be a part of this youth program and I think it’s an extremely valuable experience that’s one of a kind".
Crystal Stimmpson, volunteer firefighter
"I just think that they should be afforded every opportunity that other kids have, to reach out and be empowered to do whatever they feel they like or want. These kids are going to become aware that there’s something standing in the way of that, but if they have this overall experience and belief in their lives that they can reach out and do whatever they want just like every other kid, then they will go far and nothing will be a barrier".
Ray Savah, volunteer firefighter