Our History

The Hummingbirds Institute was founded in 2004 by dancer, choreographer, dance and yoga teacher, Maher Benham, who is also its  President.

The Hummingbirds Institute opened its 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 first studio was in the New Era Building at 495 Broadway in Soho, New York City.  We left that location in 2006, and currently we are looking for a new site.  We have been creating an improved and more comprehensive program offer in our next location.  To view our studio floor plan click on image to the right.

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