DanceAbility International was awarded an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in 2006. Alito was in Hong Kong four times over an eighteen month period to train people in the DanceAbility method and create a performance. The performance won the 2006 Choreography of the Year Award in Hong Kong and the show has been performed again in Hong Kong and toured in a few cities in China including Guangzhou and Guangdong where it was a part of the opening program for the Guangdong Modern Dance Week in 2008.
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In May 2013, a group of seven people from Indonesia attended Alito Alessi’s workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was organized by Gadjah Mada University and State Yogyakarta University, supported by the American Embassy. After the workshop, the community decided to organize Disability Day in December 2013. In February 2014, the now DanceAbility Indonesia Community organized the first workshop of the DanceAbility community in Yogyakarta. Now they are making the community bigger and stronger.
DanceAbility held a five-day "mixed abilities" dance workshop organized by the U.S. Embassy in Manila featuring DanceAbility International, on May 14th, 2013 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Amado V. Hernandez. The event was organized with funding from the U.S. State Department’s Arts Envoys Program and in cooperation with CCP.
DanceAbility International artists Alito Alessi and Karen Daly successfully completed their two sets of 3-day teacher orientation workshops in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from May5-10, 2013. A total of 75 people participated from 10 different provinces such as Dornod, Bayankhongor, Zavkhan, Uvurkhangai, and Khuvsgul. Mongolia National Television as well as Daily News press reported the event.