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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 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.
  • The next 5-Day DanceAbility Intensive will be June 24th to 28th, in Toronto, Ontario at Canada's National Ballet School. For more information, please see the Facebook event page. The course will be taught by DanceAbility Master teacher Michelle Silagy. These trainings are for dance educators and others wanting immersion in the DanceAbility® Method.
  • New class series this summer! 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
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show
    We are happy to be presenting at the OSF Green Show on two separate weekends this year! Catch us on June 30th, and again on August 11th. Check out OSF Green Show for more info.
  • DanceAbility will be holding a 4-Week Teacher Certification course in September 2019, at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon. This course, taught by DanceAbility founder Alito Alessi, will be the only opportunity to attend a North American Teacher Certification course in 2019.
    We expect to have the exact dates confirmed over the summer. Once they are, we will open up registration for the course. However, if you are interested in attending the course, please send an email to John Watson, john@danceability.com, and you'll be notified when registration opens.
  • 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