Cohesion Dance Project

February 4, 2020 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cohesion Dance Project (CDP) is a non-profit dance production company whose mission is to create engaging performances and integrated educational experiences that enrich, inspire, and unite the community through dance. CDP stages community-based dance performances and offers cost-effective learning opportunities through integrated technique classes, community training workshops, and adaptive dance classes specifically designed for people with disabilities and special needs. Dancers and non-dancers of all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds explore movement within their own unique body structure, exercise their creative spirits through movement composition and choreography, and reach outside their comfort zones by working with others in an environment of partnership, mentorship, and collaboration.

Areas Served

CDP’s programming primarily serves residents and schools of Helena and surrounding areas, however our recent launch of statewide touring and school residencies takes us into rural and urban communities across the state.


Whether people are participating in or simply witnessing CDP’s productions and learning opportunities, what they experience is life changing. They receive exposure and palpable education in the lessons of acceptance, inclusion, diversity, and compassion.

People who would not typically attend dance classes or live performances are drawn to the uniqueness of CDP’s programming. Additionally, at-risk youth, low-income or disadvantaged families, and people with disabilities are often not afforded as many opportunities to participate in or experience cultural activities throughout their lives. Using dance as a vehicle, CDP’s integrated programming and facilitated culture of acceptance and support provides these opportunities.

CDP’s school-based programming brings dance and creative arts experiences into schools and special education classrooms across Helena and the state.  These adaptive dance classes and multi-genre arts residencies provide students with exposure to unique arts experiences encouraging creative freedom, individual expression, and movement outside of their typical movement patterns.

CDP’s participants and audiences are enriched and inspired to step out of their comfort zones and try something new. They develop a deeper respect and compassion for others, a greater understanding and appreciation of our differences. It is these qualities of CDP’s adaptive dance programming and integrated performances which revitalize and energize the cultural life of the Helena community and beyond.

Project / Needs

Fall 2019 projects include:
– Free Adaptive Dance classes for youth and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities – weekly in our studio at Cohesion Center and biweekly in seven schools across Helena.
– public performances and a school-time matinee performance of our flagship “Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks” at the Helena Civic Center Thanksgiving weekend
– technique classes welcoming students ages 3-adult of all abilities, experiences, and backgrounds
– a Scholarship Program for any student with financial need where students can trade volunteer time for all or a portion of their class fees.

Winter/Spring 2020 projects include:
– Hosting and leading Adaptive Dance Teacher Trainings with school and dance educators from across the state
– Full-day school arts residencies in schools in Helena and surrounding areas
– Performances of our professional multi-genre production of “Resonance ~ an evening of Art Inspiring Art” at the Helena Civic Center and touring across the state

Other Fundraising

Business sponsorship for performances, playbill advertising, community and foundation grants, special donor events, community nights at local establishments, Greater Helena Gives, raffle, and merchandise sales.

How Will The Funds Be Used

Funds from AFCN will be used to support CDP’s professional guest artists involved in our productions of “Nutcracker on the Rocks” and “Resonance ~ an evening of Art Inspiring Art”, along with instruction of school residencies and adaptive dance programming in our studio and at the schools.