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Our Mission

DanceAbility International’s mission is to dissolve barriers and connect people with and without disabilities through dance and movement. This mission is accomplished through classes, workshops and events for adults and children, performances, teacher trainings and educational materials for teachers of inclusive dance.

The work of JFDC creates inclusive communities through dance.

“I believe that DanceAbility® goes beyond movement exploration and is, for many people their first opportunity to define themselves in their own terms and see that this dance form, like their lives, has many options and possibilities.”

~Susan Sygall,

Executive Director,

Mobility International U.S.A.

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What’s Happening

  • The next four-week DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course will be hosted in Rome, Italy, from September 3rd to 28th, 2018. This certification will be taught by Alito Alessi in English with translation into Italian. For more information, please click here.
  • Two separate 5-Day DanceAbility Intensives are coming in 2018 in North America:
    1. August 20th to 24th, in Seattle, Washington. Please contact Boom Dance Studios at Info@boomdancestudios.com for more information on this intensive.
    2. December 15th to 22nd, in Honolulu, Hawaii at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Both will be taught by Alito Alessi. These trainings are for dance educators and others wanting immersion in the DanceAbility® Method. For more information please contact us.
  • Eugene area news: This summer, join Movement for Memory: a low-intensity interactive movement lesson for ALL people, informed by the DanceAbility method and Brain Dance and with live music by Rich Glauber!
    FREE to the public thanks to support from the City of Eugene.
    Event timing: Tuesdays June 26-Aug 14
    11am-12pm at Lane County Farmers Market (8th & Oak)
    1pm-2pm at Hi-Fi Music Hall (7th & Willamette)
    To register as an individual or group click here. To visit the Facebook Event page click here.
  • Join us this summer for an 8-week class series at the Opal Center, in historic Cottage Grove! Classes are $80 per session or $10/class drop-in rate, with full and partial scholarships available.
    Dates: Mondays July 2nd-August 20th, 5:15-6:15pm
    To register, please send an email to info@danceability.com or call us.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show
    We are happy to be presenting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show again on August 11th in the evening. Check out OSF Green Show for more info.
  • Medford DanceAbility Workshop
    Join us at Medford Children’s Therapy on August 11th from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in Medford, Oregon. This Workshop will be taught by Certified Master DanceAbility Teacher, Jana Meszaros, and will be assisted and attended by the dancers of the DanceAbility Performance Company. To register, click here.
  • DanceAbility International’s performing company will be expanding Oregon touring in 2018! If you are an interested presenter in a theater, community center, or school, contact John at 541-520-0874!
  • Eugene and across the USA – Join eScrip and many businesses will automatically give a percentage of your bill to DanceAbility International to help us provide more free of low-cost dance programming. For example, Eugene business participants include Market of Choice, Safeway, and many popular restaurants. See our Donations Page for easy sign-up details.
  • Remember to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and connect with us on Facebook
  • Check out our YouTube video that gives an overview of our work.
  • Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska - DanceAbility earns donations when you shop with your Fred Meyer rewards card and designate us. See our Donations Page for easy sign-up details.
  • DanceAbility had the honor of being featured on OPB’s Emmy-award winning show, Oregon Art Beat. To watch the episode please click here.
  • Click here for a full list of active DanceAbility teachers around the world!
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DanceAbility International
576 Olive St. Suite 208
Eugene, OR 97401