DanceAbility International Links & Resources
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups: U.S.
Asher Dance Eclectic, Tampa, Florida: Asher Dance Eclectic incorporates able-bodied and wheelchair dancers in jazz and contemporary dance styles.
Axis Dance Company, Oakland, CA: AXIS exists to change the face of dance disability. They perform and teach locally, nationally and internationally. They offer a Summer Intensive and Teacher Training Institute. The website has great videos of their performances.
Bethune Theatredanse and Infinite Dreams, Los Angeles: Bethune blends dance, special effects, art, music, and video. Infinite Dreams is a dance education program for children with disabilities.
Dance Detour, Chicago: Founded in 1995, Dance Detour grounds its work in the diversity of its dancers, celebrating their physical, ethnic, generational, cultural, and artistic differences. The inclusive dance work includes elements of many forms of dance (modern, ballet, ballroom, jazz, African, street dance, line dancing) alongside acting, singing, writing, and other media. Founder/artistic director Alana Smith was originally inspired to expand from her acting career when she saw a performance by Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels.
Dancing Wheels, Cleveland: Founded in 1980 by Mary Verdi-Fletcher, Dancing Wheels developed a strong relationship with the Cleveland Ballet and in 1990, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels was formed. In 1994, Sabatino Verlezza joined the inclusive dance company as co-artistic director and choreographer. Drawing largely upon May O’Donnell technique, his innovative choreography accentuates the abilities rather than limitations of the dancers.
Full Radius Dance, Atlanta: Dedicated to the exploration of “new movement possibilities,” Full Radius creates, commissions, and performs new inclusive dance work.
Cara Graninger - Dance Artist, Detroit, Michigan: Cara is a certified DanceAbility teacher who teaches inclusive dance workshops.
Infinity Dance Theater, New York: Infinity is a non-traditional inclusive dance company featuring dancers with disabilities and dancers who are beyond the age traditionally associated with being a dancer.
Inflight Dance Company, San Antonio, Texas: Their primary focus is to demonstrate that a physical disability is not a barrier in the dance world.
Karen Peterson and Dancers, Miami: Karen Peterson and Dancers performs repertory by dancers with and without disabilities.
Paradox Dance, Berkeley, California: Bruce Curtis is an activist, dance teacher and performer who uses a wheelchair. He has been teaching and performing Contact Improvisation since 1990 in integrated workshops all around the world. Paradox Dance explores the mind/body relationship, special movement, architecture, time and the perception of the audience.
Spitzer Dance Company, Atlanta: Founder Alex Spitzer may be the first wheelchair user to have gained a four-year degree in dance from a U.S. college.
Tokounou Dance Company, New York: Sidiki Conde is a dancer, drummer, and singer from Guinea, West Africa, a disabled dancer whose music and dances chronicle his personal journey and celebrate Guinea.
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups: Canada
MoMo Dance Theatre, Calgary, Alberta: This diverse abilities company is led by Pamela Boyd, a certified DanceAbility teacher. They offer classes and performances.
Propeller Dance, Ottawa, Ontario: Propeller Dance’s mandate is to provide dance programming to people with and without disability. Co-founder Shara Weaver is a certified DanceAbility teacher.
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups: Central and South America
Núcleo Dança Aberta, São Paulo, Brazil: This inclusive dance company is led by Neca Zarvos, a dancer, actor, and teacher of the DanceAbility method. They work with dancers with and without disabilities.
web: www.nucleodancaaberta.blogspot.com Portugese language site
Danza Sin Limites, Buenos Aires, Argentina: They promote the diffusion, teaching, and practice of inclusive dance. DanceAbility is one of the central methods they draw on.
web: www.danzasinlimites.org Spanish language site
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups: Continental Europe
Associazione Cultural Onlus Ottavo Giorno, Padua (Padova), Italy: Director Marina Giacometti is a certified DanceAbility teacher.
web: www.ottavogiorno.net/italiano/laboratori/danceability Italian language site
BewegGrund, Trier, Germany: This company is directed by Maja Hehlen, a certified DanceAbility teacher. The dance company hosted and produced the 2003 DanceAbility Teacher Certification course in Trier.
web: www.beweggrund-online.de German language site with some English
Bilderwerfer, Vienna, Austria: In 1992 choreographer and performer Daniel Aschwanden started to work with Christian Polster, a dancer with Down’s Syndrome. The group now contains six members, three disabled and three able-bodied, and draws from New Dance Techniques, in particular Contact Improvisation. The work is also shaped through techniques which introduce elements of acting into the dance. The work is inspired by ‘the language of everyday bodies - in opposition to the dictate of the perfect body.’
web: www.bilderwerfer.com German language site
Cyprus DanceAbility: You can read about DanceAbility at this site.
web: www.arh.ru/~dancenter/projects/danceab.htm Greek language site
DanceAbility Austria, Vienna: This mixed-abilities group is led by Vera Rebl, a certified DanceAbility teacher.
web: www.danceability.at German language site
DanceAbility Finland (ry) Association, Finland: Ms. Gunilla Sjövall is the Artistic Director of Finland’s DanceAbility activities. She is a certified DanceAbility teacher.
web: www.danceabilityfinland.com Finnish language site with English coming soon
DIN A 13, Cologne, Germany: DIN A 13 was founded in 1995 as a collective of dancers and musicians. It originated from an earlier company named Mobiaki, which performed throughout Europe for some years. DIN A 13’s work is based on improvisational techniques and has a strong commitment to the exploration of difficult emotional places, in that the accepted norms of aestheticism in society and the associated taboos are put into question.
web: www.theaterszene-koeln.de/din-a-13/info.htm German language site
L’Associazione il Cortile, Milan, Italy: Director Laura Banfi is a certified DanceAbility teacher.
web: www.ilcortile.net Italian language site
Marina Idaczyk - Dance Teacher, Trier, Germany: Marina uses the DanceAbility method in her teaching work with people with diverse abilities.
web: www.danceability.de German language site
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups: New Zealand
Touch Compass Dance Trust: Touch Compass is a pick-up dance company established in 1992 as Catherine Chappell & Dancers. The Company works on a project-to-project basis. In 1995, the focus for the Company moved into the area of mixed ability dance. The 1997 Touch Compass performance season was the first theatrical season of mixed ability dance in New Zealand. Their performances include theater and aerial work.
Mixed Abilities Dance Groups: United Kingdom
Adam Benjamin - Dance Artist: “My journey in dance oscillates between the vibrant uncertainty of improvisation in workshops and performance, and the crafting possible within set pieces choreographed for the stage. It is about freedom and choices, order and chaos, about respect and possibilities. It is about the integration of ideas, about finding our way, finding our place, finding ourselves.”
Blue Eyed Soul: Blue Eyed Soul is the West Midlands leading inclusive community Dance Company and has enjoyed critical acclaim for performances throughout the UK. Blue Eyed Soul’s training program includes company apprenticeships, performance projects and fortnightly open workshops.
CandoCo Dance Company: CandoCo began in 1991 as an effort to use dance as a truly integrated medium for disabled and non-disabled students. It is now a prominent and accomplished member in the British contemporary dance scene. Using a combination of Graham-based technique and Contact Improvisation, artistic directors Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin have established a seven-member dance company which has won a number of prestigious awards for their performances as well as their video and film work.
Touchdown Dance: Touchdown Dance, based in Manchester, works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally within communities and professional dance. Our renowned workshop provision has taken us to Poland, Germany, Australia, and the USA to involve people with a visual impairment in dance or to provide training for professionals.
Interactive Planner for Caregivers an online interactive planner for Caregivers and Families. Its features allow users to record medication prescribed, meals, emergency contacts, games, and other daily routines. The planner can be printed and provided to caregivers and families once its filled out. *Paid Listing web: www.knowledgeinitiative.org/planner
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington: The mission of Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is to enhance young people’s learning with creative resources from the arts community. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington is the local chapter of Young Audiences, Inc., the nation’s leading source of arts in education services to schools. Follow the links to In-School Arts Programming and Artist Pages, and under J is Joint Forces performance-assembly description.
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC): NADC is the national information dissemination, technical assistance and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual, performing, media, and literary arts communities. Its resource directories, annotated bibliographies, related links and conferences serve to advance artists with disabilities and accessibility to the arts.
VSA Arts: VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. Nearly 5 million people with disabilities participate in VSA arts programs every year through a network of affiliates in 49 states and 64 countries worldwide.
Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP), Portland, Oregon: The mission of the Disability Arts and Culture Project (DACP) is to further the artistic expression of people with both hidden and visible disabilities. Founders and directors Erik Ferguson and Kathy Coleman are certified DanceAbility teachers. Inclusive dance is one of their program areas.