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Welcome to our news blog. This is where we will keep you informed about our classes, fundraisers, as well as give you general information about disabilities.

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Blast Off Performing Arts at the Brevard Zoo for BAC's 31st Very Special Arts Festival

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the BAC's 31st Annual Very Special Art's Festival at Brevard Zoo. We had a wonderful 3 days of improv games and fun! We are grateful to all of our superb volunteers who helped. A special shout out to the ladies of the Eau Gallie High School BLAST program who were with us for the entire festival. They did a fantastic job! Pictured here are Linda, Rachel, and Libryn with Sandi Paine and...

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Blast Off Performing Arts is Expanding!

Blast Off Performing Arts is expanding! We are looking for dedicated, like-minded individuals who are willing and able to help us grow! We currently have openings on our board for enthusiastic people with fund raising, and/or written communication skills! The ability to update our media sites is a plus! We are also looking to hire (part time) an experienced grants writer with a proven success record. Must be a Brevard County, FL resident. We...

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Coming Soon To A School Near You!

Blast Off Performing Arts is collaborating with The Brevard Achievement Center to bring Improv to the classroom! Blast Off has been chosen as the Visiting Artist for BAC's 31st Annual Very Special Arts Festival.  We are bringing our unique brand of performing/teaching to many ESE classrooms in Brevard County now through February 2019.  Our efforts culminate February 26th through the 28th at the Brevard Zoo for the 3 day Very Special...

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Blast Off Performing Arts at the 2018 Performing Arts Showcase at the King Center in Melbourne, FL

Blast Off Performing Arts, together with Brevard Achievement Center Tropical Improv Troupers, The Bayside Bears Improv Troupe and our very own DJ Paine performed with instructors Erick Terhune and Sandi Paine at the 2018 Performing Arts Showcase at the Maxwell C King Center. This annual event gives performers with disabilities a place to show off their talents. Your donations help make events like these possible. Help a person with a...

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Using Improv As A Learning Tool

Improv is increasingly becoming recognized as a learning tool.  It is ideal as a differentiated learning technique.  There are several reasons for this.  Improv encourages the use of imagination.  In improv, all the props you will ever need are carried inside your head.  There are no requirements for lighting, scenery or costumes.  If you can imagine it, you can create it. At the same time, improv requires you to...

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Florida’s ABLE United Program Helps People with Disabilities Save

In America, it used to be that it was not enough to be disabled.  You also had to be poor.  If you were receiving government assistance, assets were capped at $2000.00 in order to retain benefits.  This left people with disabilities without a critical financial safety net. That all changed in 2014.  The federal government enacted the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Act as it’s commonly...

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Improv Leads to Success In the Classroom

Improv is a performing art best known for comedy.  What is less known is that improv can be a powerful learning tool.  Improv encourages free form associative type of thinking, along with an “anything is possible” attitude.  This form of expression can be very liberating for students who are atypical learners or have learning disabilities. Improv games allow students to abandon the fear of making mistakes. ...

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Empowering Improv Performers With Disabilities

Just like their neurotypical performing peers, people with disabilities who enjoy improv performing are hungry for opportunities.  It is past time to accept that actors with disabilities can offer stimulating, thought-provoking performances. Improv is about relationships and emotions, though comedy is often a byproduct.  The desire to understand and develop connections in these areas is common to all people, including those with...

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Blast Off Performing Arts Receives Donation from Local Foundation!

Many thanks to Kelly Gatson Swartz and the Brevard Bar Foundation for their generous $500.00 donation! Donations like theirs help us bring improv classes to children and adults with disabilities in Brevard. You can help too. Donate Today! Or designate Blast Off Performing Arts, Inc. as your charity to support with purchases on smile.amazon.com. 

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Energy Transfer Game - Pass it Along!

No matter what cause you support, it all comes down to the personal - how you react to a need in your community.  Or nationwide.  Or worldwide.  How often have you donated to a cause that doesn't touch your heart? Probably never!  People with disabilities are underrepresented in the performing arts.  This is important (and personal) because art of all kinds is a peaceful and engaging way to connect.   Your...

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Blast Off and Brevard Achievement Center take the stage

Following eight weeks of intense practice, the students from Brevard Achievement Center took the stage on October 19th, 2017 at the Maxwell King Center for the Performing Arts. The fifth annual Performing Arts Showcase featured talent from local schools and the BAC singing, dancing, drumming, and showing their improv skills. The BAC team, led by their coach Erick Terhune, performed an environment game. Erick shouted out a place and the team...

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Thanks for stopping by!

Sandi and the team at Blast Off Performing Arts have been hard at work securing all necessary approvals from the state and IRS, working with our banking partner to allow you to donate with ease, and constructing our online presence. So what's next? We are working with existing programs to launch classes for adults and children. In July we had a fantastic time teaching two classes at the Brevard Achievement Center. Our students had fun and our...

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