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“It was difficult not to be a little teary inside. We had spent three days together and a warm bond had grown. Everyone had had fun, been treated with dignity; so we respected each other and felt an intense vicarious pleasure in each other’s smiles and laughter.”

∼Steve Paxton

Founder of Contact Improv

“Participating in DanceAbility® made me feel that I was connecting with other people. I learned that people with disabilities can do the same things I can do. They just do it in different ways. I am a Muslim girl and I know what it is like to be different. People have made fun of the scarf I wear. In DanceAbility, we can move together whether we are different or the same! We can be one community. ”

∼Fathia Sheikh

Dancer & Volunteer

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Workshops & Programs

The DanceAbility® mission is accomplished through
the following educational programs, workshops,
and performances.

DanceAbility® Workshops

Workshops vary in length depending on the needs and interests of groups and communities, ranging from one hour to multiple days or weeks. To learn more about our DanceAbility workshops click here ».

Teacher Certification

DanceAbility® Teacher Certification is for people who want to teach integrated groups in movement arts, or learn a model for facilitating communities that foster inclusive participation. If you are interested in teaching DanceAbility click here ».

Choreography & Presentations

DanceAbility Artistic Director, Alito Alessi, has choreographed pieces for and performed and/or taught at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), at the International VSA Arts Festival, the Governor’s Arts Awards in Eugene, Portland’s “Artquake” and at many festivals, schools, universities and other venues around the world, including Dance Umbrella in Boston, Jacob’s Pillow (U.S.A.), Vienna International Dance Festival, International Festival of New Dance (Brasilia), Bern Tanz Tage Dance Festival (Germany), “Festival of Freaks” (Switzerland), and Contact Arte (Italy). To commission a presentation or a performance to be choreographed for your particular needs, please send us an email ».

Youth Outreach

DanceAbility International offers educational performance events for schools in the state of Oregon and beyond. The intention of these performances is to educate teachers and young people about dance and disabilities.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

DanceAbility International schedules multiple events and educational workshops around the world. Be sure to visit our calendar of events to learn about DanceAbility International events in your area; click here ». Also in the DanceAbility International menu, visit your regional page to learn about events led by other certified DanceAbility teachers.

Information and registration: info@danceability.com or Telephone: 541-357-4982

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DanceAbility International
576 Olive St. Suite 208
Eugene, OR 97401