What is the Circle of Friends?
Circle of Friends was originally created for teens and young adults with special needs to have the opportunity to dance, socialize, have fun and meet new friends in a safe and non-threatening environment. We have been organizing and coordinating special events since 2005.
People ask, “What is the age group”? Well, the original concept has changed over the years. We found out that the teens and young adults who came to the first dance, continued to come year after year and continue to come to this day. So, we decided to welcome teens and anyone who loves music and socializing. Currently our youngest teen is Tyler who is age 15 and our youngest at heart is Terri at age 65 who comes in her wheelchair.
We are currently sponsoring dances in the Pittsburgh area on a monthly basis. The dance is on the third Friday of every month at the Hunting Ridge Meeting House in the south hills. The dance starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. The admission fee is $10.00 and includes entrance, pop, water and snacks. On your first visit to one of our dances you will be asked to fill out a registration card with basic information in case we need to get in touch with you.
Circle of Friends Expectations
Circle of Friends expects all members to be on their best behavior at all times. We will not tolerate unacceptable behavior and at our discretion a member may immediately be asked to leave an event. Depending on the severity of the behavior, a member may lose the opportunity to participate in future events or activities. Parents, guardians and caregivers are to follow the same expectations as defined for members and the same consequences will apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the kids dropped off and picked up later?
A drop off and pickup works if you feel comfortable and do not anticipate any problems. Drop off is one reason we require contact information.
Are parents welcome to attend as well?
Parents, Care Givers, Guardians and Helpers are always welcome to stay and do not have to pay the admission fee.
If parents typically do not stay, who are the chaperones?
We have several volunteers who have backgrounds in special needs care and have a nurse on staff.
Do the kids get dressed up for the dance or is it fairly casual?
The dress is casual but the kids wear however the mood strikes. We do occasionally have themed dances when they dress to the theme. i.e., Red and White, Wearing of the Green, Sport Teams, Halloween
Are there things I need to consider when going to the dances?
Specialty Light Warning - Some flashing dance lights may affect photosensitive individuals.
Food Allergies - The staff will not be able to monitor individuals with food allergies.
Photographs - Photographs and Video will be taken at the dances to be used on the website and the Facebook page.
Covid 19 Warning - If you are not up-to-date with your covid-19 vaccine, It is strongly recommended to wear masks in crowded settings for your protection and the welfare of others.
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