Course Description

The DanceAbility Method®, developed by Oregon-based dance artist and Guggenheim Fellow Alito Alessi, helps dissolves barriers and connect people with and without disabilities through dance and movement. 
The 5-Day DanceAbility intensive training teaches basic DanceAbility exercises and theory for immediate application. Participants learn how to present the DanceAbility method of inclusive dance—a comprehensive approach based on structured movement improvisation.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a teaching guide (DanceAbility handbook) after successful completion of the training.

Course Outline


  • Foundation concepts and exercises of movement improvisation for people of all abilities and disabilities, based on things that all participants can do.
  • How to guide people to be aware of their potential for movement and for communication.
  • Dance/movement explorations for individuals, partners, and small and large groups that encourage EVERYbody's expression and non-verbal communication.
  • How to foster leadership and support in groups that include diverse mental disabilities.
  • How to work with adults and children.
  • Teaching physicality and touch (inspired largely by Contact Improvisation).



  • Dance educators, teachers, therapists, and dancers, who want to share movement improvisation and/or mixed-abilities inclusive dance in their communities.
  • Anyone who is interested in an immersion in the DanceAbility method (non-professionals and people with no prior dance experience are welcome to attend).
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