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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

  • Long time dancer Emery Blackwell, of Eugene, Oregon, is retiring from his volunteer work 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.
  • The next DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course will be in Vienna, Austria, from July 6th - August 1st, 2014. The training will be held in partnership with ImPulsTanz. Please visit their website for more information and application instructions. (The upcoming Course in Italy, that starts December 27, 2013, is full with a waiting list.)
  • November 1st, 2013 was the world premiere of our new full-length dance piece, "Don't Leave Me," in Eugene. Don’t Leave Me was a collaboration in dance, space, and music, together with lead designer Frances Bronet, composer Jeffrey Stolet, and all-star dancers of Eugene. Check out this review from Oregon Arts Watch.
  • 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).
  • Alito Alessi and Karen Daly were in Indonesia, Mongolia, and the Philippines in spring, 2013, as U.S. State Department 'Art Envoys.' Many people have been enjoying the slideshow of their trip on Facebook.
  • Check out our YouTube video that gives an overview of our work, as we celebrate 25 years of groundbreaking dance.
  • Did you know you can tap into business' giving power, to help us provide more free or low-cost dance programming? In the Eugene-area, here are some business' that will automatically give a portion of your bill to DanceAbility International, every time you dine or shop: Market of Choice, Sizzle Pie, Davis, Turtle's, Cornucopia, B2 Wine Bar, etc., through their participation with eScrip or GoodDining - See our Donations Page for easy sign-up details. In every U.S. city, there are multiple restaurant partners that have kindly signed up to donate a portion of their profits to our programs!
  • 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