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Our Mission

DanceAbility® International’s mission is to encourage the evolution of mixed-abilities dance by cultivating a common ground for creative expression for all people. The mission is accomplished through performance, educational programs, teacher training and workshops.

The work of DanceAbility® International helps decrease
prejudice and misconceptions
about diversity in the
field of dance, and by
extension in society.

“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

  • A new session of the teens class, in Eugene, began March 18th on Wednesday at 3:45p.m-4:45p.m. and will continue until May 20th, 2015 (No class March 25th). The cost of the class is $100. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds, so scholarships and general registration are available by contacting us at 541-342-3273, or our email.
  • DanceAbility Teens Class January 14th on Wednesdays at 3:45p.m-4:45p.m. until March 11th, 2015 taught by Kellee Blanchard.
  • The next DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course will be in Austin, Texas in two ten-day sessions - May 11-22 and December 7-18, 2015. Check our calendar for more details.
  • Another DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course will be in Helsinki, Finland from June 28th - July 24th, 2015. For more details, visit our calendar or DanceAbility Finland's website .
  • Long time dancer Emery Blackwell, of Eugene, Oregon, retired recently from his international travel with DanceAbility International, after 24 years. To honor Blackwell's legacy, we have created the Emery Blackwell Legacy Fund, to help spread the joy of dance. For more information, please visit our blog.
  • To get involved with DanceAbility® in Eugene, Oregon, try this DanceAbility Method-based class: Certified DanceAbility Teachers Celeste Peterson and Emery Blackwell lead a dance improvisation workshop the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. See our calendar and their website for details (go to their Arts and Culture section, as well as the Schedule and Registration sections).
  • Check out our YouTube video that gives an overview of our work, as we celebrate 25 years of groundbreaking dance.
  • In the Eugene area, there are some businesses that will automatically give a percentage of your bill to DanceAbility International! Through their participation with eScrip or GoodDining, Market of Choice, Sizzle Pie, Davis, Turtle’s, Cornucopia, B2 Wine Bar, and others will help us provide more free or low-cost dance programming with your help! See our Donations Page for easy sign-up details.
  • Remember to follow us on Twitter and connect with us on Facebook
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DanceAbility International
P.O. Box 51257
Eugene, OR 97405