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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

  • DanceAbility will perform original choreography set to the music of Augusta Read Thomas. Eugene Symphony members will be playing her piece "Double Helix" on Tuesday, April 17 at 4pm, at the Eugene Library, and Wednesday, April 18 at 3pm at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Seating will be limited, so RSVP to us here.
  • The next four-week DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course will be July 1st to 27th, 2018, in Vienna, Austria, hosted by the incredible ImPulsTanz Festival, and taught by Alito Alessi in English. For more information, please 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!
  • Our next 5-Day Intensive will be June 11th to June 15th in Columbia, South Carolina taught by Alito Alessi (cost $300). For details on the May training in Germany, see our Calendar Page. Alessi will teach the June training. These trainings are for dance educators and others wanting immersion in the DanceAbility® Method.
  • Lane County, Oregon -Weekly DanceAbility classes, Spring 2018
    EUGENE Adults: Thursdays 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    EUGENE Youth: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    COTTAGE GROVE Combo Adults/Teens: Monday's 5:15-6:15 p.m.
    See Calendar Page for details.
  • 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