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The Dance Ability Movement

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The Dance Ability Movement is based on the belief that each child is unique, that every child deserves equal opportunities, and all children have the ability to dance. The organization aims to provide an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to participate in dance classes at community dance studios as any other student would. A family and client-centred approach is used to provide each student with a meaningful and safe experience. The creators are two Occupational Therapists who are certified dance instructors, who have combined their occupational therapy competencies in enabling individuals with special needs with their expertise in teaching dance. The specific goals of The Dance Ability Movement program are achieved through the use of Volunteer Dance Buddies. These volunteers are often high school students or young adults who are trained to provide 1:1 support for their buddy during their dance class. The Dance Ability Movement continues to expand across Ontario, matching with Host Studios to train instructors and volunteers to offer programming to a broader target market. With the demand for new classes, the creators have developed new programs, including summer camps and launched an inclusive Performance Crew who compete among their peers at local competitions. The Dance Ability Movement is now a community of students, families, and volunteers, who are a part of a larger community within the studio, and an even larger community within their respective towns.

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