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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 Teacher Certification Course in August, 2017 (Four Weeks). Where: Thessaloniki, Greece. Dates: Sunday, August 6 - Friday, September 1, 2017. Approximately 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. Taught by Alito Alessi in English, with translation into Greek. Tuition is 1500 euros. (The DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course in July, 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal is full.)
  • DanceAbility will be performing at the OREGON COUNTRY FAIR Dance Pavilion on Friday, July 7th from 12:15-1:15pm. The performance is FREE with Oregon Country Fair tickets. Take in a DanceAbility International show with the full six-person company amidst the magic of the Country Fair! Purchase your tickets here!
  • Weekly DanceAbility classes, Lane County, Oregon
    EUGENE: Adult and Youth classes: Wednesdays twice a month 10:00-11:00am, and 2:00-3:00pm, July 5th and 19th, August 9th and 23rd. Held at Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene.
    SPRINGFIELD: Weekly Youth classes (ages 5 - 13) Monday afternoons. Please call or email to check for available space on the Monday you are interested in.
    Summer Prices: Suggested $5 per class, or free for those whom paying is difficult.
  • Weekly DanceAbility classes, Lane County, Oregon
    EUGENE Adults: Thursday's 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    EUGENE Youth: Thursday's 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    COTTAGE GROVE Combo Adults/Teens: Monday's 5:15-6:15 p.m.
    SPRINGFIELD Youth: Monday's 3:45-4:30 p.m.
  • Artistic Director Alito Alessi gave the keynote speech and a DanceAbility workshop at the International Dance Day Summit in Shanghai, and the DanceAbility International dancers performed Alito's new piece, "Third Wheel," April 27 - April 30th, 2017
  • DanceAbility Master Trainer's Course will be held in Trier, Germany on October 1st-13th from 10am-5pm. This course is for DanceAbility Teachers who want advanced training, who receive permission from DanceAbility International (upon application) to pursue this further studies. The course will be lead by Alito Alessi in English with German translation if required. Check it out on our Facebook events page
  • 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 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.
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DanceAbility International
576 Olive St. Suite 208
Eugene, OR 97401