The key players in New Directions were Nancy Lima Dent, Reet Hendrikson (Orff teacher), Betty Steptoe (dance teacher) and Patricia Langley (musician who also studied ballet). New Directions proposed to "meet the needs of citizens of lower socio-economic status, the handicapped, and under-privileged, in the areas of Music, Dance and Drama, with a therapeutic orientation." The group hoped that this project would develop into a centre to continue New Directions' work or that the schools with which they worked would find money to continue the program. The objectives were to improve the students' physical co-ordination and "with sound, music, movement, and realistic drama, therapeutically arouse the retarded from their apathy, reach into the inner feelings of the emotionally disturbed, stimulating and directing their inner aggressions, hostilities and problems."

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