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2024 Spring & Summer Programming/Classes


Crock Pot Meal Prep for Teens & Adults

This session is 2 hours. Participants will prep and leave with 3 meals as well as recipes and ideas for sides. The focus of the class is simple, healthy, crock pot meals that can be refrigerated or frozen for use at a later date, as well as, replicated at home. The meals they will prep are 2 servings and designed to be prepared in a crock pot. Crock pots are available for purchase for an additional $20. Each of the three meal prep sessions will include one chicken dish, one pork or beef dish, and one soup or chili dish. Substitutions will be made to accommodate dietary restrictions. There will be a Gluten-Free Kitchen Prep Station.

Participants will not be eating as a part of this class. They are encouraged to bring a snack and/or water if needed.

Cost = $40.00

Richfield High School: Saturday, April 27th 10:00am - 12:00pm
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/mealpreprichfield

Duluth East High School: Saturday, May 11th 10:00am - 12:00pm
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/mealprepduluth


IMPROVANEERS - Online
Improvaneers ONLINE helps build and develop cognitive skills that increase social and workplace opportunities. Classes meet once weekly. Improv has been proven to build Quicker-Thinking, Problem Solving, Self-Confidence, Eye Contact, Teamwork, Listening Voice Projection, and Focus. Classes are 50-60 minutes and meet once per week. This session is for middle school through adult.

Cost = $30* per session
Thursdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Session 4: May 30th - June 27th
Session 5: July 18th - August 15th
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/IMPROV2024


Cooking Class - Richfield High School

For people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities 9th grade through adult. Join friends each week to prepare and eat a snack or meal. No prior kitchen experience is required! Class includes take home recipes to recreate in your own kitchen. Cost includes food/materials.

Cost = $75.00*
Tuesdays**, 4:30 - 6:30PM
May 21st - July 16th (**June 6th class will be on Thursday) (no class June 11)
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/culinaryarts24


Performing Arts - In Person, HUGE Theater (Minneapolis)/DSAMn Conference Room (St. Paul)

For people with Down Syndrome ages 9th grade and up. This Summer, Performing Arts class will focus on stage presence skills and what it means to be a good actor. Students will work on writing and performing their own stories and collaborating with fellow students. Material generated in class this Summer will influence future performances by this group. This class emphasizes collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills. All experiences and abilities are welcome!

Cost = $80.00* per session
Saturdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
Session 3: June 8th - July 20th (no class July 6th)
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SaturdayPerformingArts


Make Em Laugh - DSAMn Conference Room, St. Paul

In this class, students will focus on both physical comedy and comedic storytelling. Using theater-games, miming, and improv-games, students will hone their skills of confidence and creativity. Class will take place in the DSAMN conference room, down the hall from the DSAMN office. For ages 9th grade through adult.

Cost = $80.00* per session
Sundays 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 3: June 9th - July 21st (no class July 7th)
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/makethemlaugh


Middle School Theater - DSAMn Conference Room, St. Paul
In this class, middle schoolers will be introduced to the basics of acting and performing arts. Through theater-games and story-creation, students will gain skills that benefit them inside and outside the classroom. Acting includes exploring emotions and playing pretend in a safe space. Possible benefits of this class are boosted confidence, skills in collaboration, and creative expression. Class will take place in the DSAMN conference room, down the hall from the DSAMN office.

Cost = $80.00* per session
Sundays 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Session 3: June 9th - July 21st (no class July 7th)
Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/performingartsmiddle




    2024 Summer Camps & Intensives

    Each Summer Camp or Intensive is 4 days (Monday - Thursday) for 3 hours (times listed below)
    Cost is $125.00
    Location is the DSAMN conference room, down the hall from the DSAMN office.


    Middle School Theater Camp

    For kids going into 5th through 8th grade*. In this camp we will introduce students to beginning concepts of performing in front of others. We focus on identifying the physical performance of emotions and embodying this physical performance in a safe and exploratory way. In this camp we will bring story books to life and work on creating scenes written by the performers. This camp is accessible to all levels of experience!
    August 5th - 8th 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/campintrotheater


    Physical Comedy Intensive for Teens/Adults

    For Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome going into 9th grade and up*. In this intensive, we will use theater games, miming, and improv games to hone student’s skills of confidence and creativity. This class is geared toward physical storytelling and friendly to students with limited verbal communication skills. This intensive is accessible to all levels of experience!
    August 5th - 8th 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/comedyintensive


    Middle School Puppetry Camp

    For kids going into 5th through 8th grade*. This camp is friendly to those who love visual art and those who love performing! In this camp students will learn to make basic rod puppets as well as other types of puppets. We will then work on creating small scenes for the puppets to perform! This camp is accessible to all levels of experience!
    August 19th - 22nd 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/puppetrycampmiddle


    Visual Arts + Performance Intensive

    For Teens and Adults with Down Syndrome going into 9th grade and up*. In this performance intensive, we will explore how visual art and performing interact. We will explores masks, puppets, and scenic backgrounds and how these elements help to tell a story.
    August 19th - 22nd 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    Register here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/visualartsintensive

    *If your student is on the cusp of one of these age groups and you think would benefit from being in a group with younger folks or older we will leave that up to your discretion. Feel free to reach out to lizz@dsamn.org with any questions about your student’s placement.

    Additional programming will be added as available.

    Virtual Drop In Weekly Programming
    Feel free to join when you can during these ongoing virtual drop in programming.

    Musical Theater Club - Mondays at 4:00pm

    Creative Writing Club - Mondays at 5:00pm

    Adult Social Hour - Wednesdays at 4:00pm

    Teen Social Hour - Wednesdays at 5:00pm

    Partner Classes and Camps

    Variety Dance Camp 3: For youth with Down Syndrome - YoungDance 655 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104

    For ages 8-18 entering 3rd grade and older.

    This camp offers dancers with Down Syndrome a space to try various styles and express themselves through movement.

    Dress Code: Dancers should wear comfortable clothing they can move in freely. Please do not wear long dresses or jeans. Participants take most classes barefoot. Ballet slippers or other dance shoes are also welcome. Footed tights and socks are slippery, so dancers who choose to wear tights should choose footless options or wear them with dance shoes. Clean sneakers (worn indoors only) are recommended for Hip Hop, if included in their Variety Camp. Hair should be pulled back and off of the face and eyes.

    Cost = $250* per session

    July 22 - July 25th
    12:00pm - 4:30pm
    Register here
    : register.youngdance.org

    Young Dance

    Register Early & invite friends!

    DSAMn classes need a minimum enrollment to run. We may need to cancel low-enrollment classes. If you register for a class that is cancelled you will notified and fully refunded within 5 business days of cancellation.

    *Program Scholarships and Financial Support

    Cost should not be a barrier to participation in any DSAMn program. All our programs are offered on a sliding fee scale based on Federal Poverty Level Guidelines. Families living at or below 200% if FPL are eligible for the sliding scale.

    If fees are an issue for any family even if you do not meet the guidelines above, please email dsamn@dsamn.org - we can help.

    Health Policy

    At this time masking is optional at all of DSAMn's programs and events. We ask that if you are sick with any symptoms to please stay home or attend virtually if available. If you have recently recovered from an illness please wear a mask to protect others in our vulnerable population. Masking requirements subject to change based on local requirements.