Starting in January Two New Classes!  Mom and Me for Moms and Kids ages 5 and 6, Sat AM 10 - 11 AM, and Dance for Young Adults with Special Needs, Wed 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Founder and President, Maher Benham
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Who We Are

The Hummingbirds Institute, Inc. is a corporation and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3).

We opened our first studio in 2005 and successfully offered classes in dance, yoga, and music for people with special needs. 

In September 2005, The Hummingbirds Institute was cited for excellence by Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.   In the citation, its wheelchair dance classes were described as a “great opportunity” providing “health benefits as well as enhanced personal esteem to our folks who attend.”

In November 2005, The Hummingbirds Institute was selected from among all the non-profit organizations in the United States to host a visit from a prominent doctor of medicine and psychotherapy from Kazakhstan, precisely because she believed Hummingbirds to be on the vanguard of a new frontier.

Our Vision

The vision of The Hummingbirds Institute is to create an environment and an opportunity for those with special needs to experience the magic of dance, the harmony of yoga, and the joy of music. 

Our Mission

The mission of The Hummingbirds Institute is to provide classes in dance, yoga, and music for children, teens, and adults with special needs, including: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, Downs Syndrome, autism, and visual and hearing impairments.

Our Goal

The goal of The Hummingbirds Institute is to improve the lives of those facing the challenges of living with special needs by building an artistic community specifically for them which honors their particular abilities.  Our immediate goal is to build a new facility in which to offer a newly created expanded program.  To make a donation click here.

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