Kinderdance® Franchisee Helps Support NYC ASD Nest Program

Franchise Organization Brings Movement Education to Young Children Worldwide

January 21, 2014 // // Melbourne FL - Staten Island area Kinderdance franchisee, Doris Velez, is working with NYC Department of Education ASD Nest Program. The ASD Nest Program helps higher functioning children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to improve their academic, social, and behavior functions in school and in their communities. Doris teaches these children the basics of ballet and tap, enhancing their motor development, and communication skills. Being part of the ASD NEST Program takes on a very personal meaning for Kinderdance franchisee Doris Velez. She and her family know all too well the challenges that families face when they receive the news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder. Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with autism in 2006.

"My son Matthew has been in the ASD NEST Program since Kindergarten and he has excelled. The Nest Program has far exceeded our expectations" says Ms. Velez. This year Kinderdance franchisee Doris Velez is currently teaching two NEST-enhanced Kinderdance classes and hopes to add more children and classes to the ASD Nest Program next year.

Doris Velez has been a Kinderdance franchisee since 2006, teaching children in Richmond County, New York.

About Kinderdance®

Kinderdance® is a nationally recognized dance, gymnastics and fitness program for children age’s two to twelve. Their 131 Franchisees currently teach over 12,000 children weekly at over 800 various locations in 35 states and 8 countries.

Kinderdance® places emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem in children through learning to share, lead, interact and respond to others’ needs as well as their own. The programs incorporate the arts, movement, education, music, fitness and the fun of learning into a young child’s life and helping in the worldwide fight against childhood obesity.

The company offers the educational movement programs on site to child-care centers, recreational centers, churches, fitness centers, corporate child care, community centers, military bases, public and private schools and may other viable locations.

For more information on Kinderdance® please contact Richard Maltese at 800-554-2334 or visit their website at

SOURCE Kinderdance®


Richard Maltese
President / CEO
Kinderdance® International


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