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Florence, Oregon

DanceAbility was featured on OPB's Emmy-award winning show, Oregon Art Beat  (on Oregon Public Broadcasting).

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DanceAbility Teacher Orientation (5 days)
June 13 - 17, 2016
Eugene, Oregon, USA
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day

DanceAbility Teacher Certification

August 7 - Sept. 2, 2016
Eugene, Oregon
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

DanceAbility Teacher Certification 
July 3 - July 30, 2016
Vienna, Austria
10:00 - 17:30
Monday - Friday

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"Don't Leave Me" 

Modern Dance Performance

Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Florence Events Center, Oregon

9293_Trio Backbends in Cubes_DanceAbility by Michael Kevin Daly

This critically acclaimed performance features eight dancers with and without disabilities. 

Award-winning choreographer Alito Alessi 

collaborates with the University of Oregon School of Architecture to present fresh views on modern dance and space design.

Tickets $10/$22/$25  - or at the door. More detailed information about the performance is further below.


Talk and Video Presentation

Thursday, May 26, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

DanceAbility method founder Alito Alessi will share about mixed-abilities dance. Location: Siuslaw Public Library; free or by donation.


Dance/Creative Movement Workshop 

Saturday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This workshop embraces people of ALL abilities and disabilities. No experience is necessary; recommended for those 15 to 115 years old. Location: Siuslaw Public Library; free or by donation.

More about Don't Leave Me

Don't Leave Me weaves dance, music, and 

architecture in a celebration of equality and empowerment and  features professional dancers with and without disabilities.

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"Don't Leave Me" is an enthralling modern dance performance that celebrates creativity and the potential that is only possible when people with and without disabilities work together as equals. This is the first professional mixed-abilities performance to ever be shown in Florence. It is also the first time that DanceAbility International will perform in Florence. The company has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and in grand theatres in Hong Kong and all over three continents.

Don't Leave Me is presented by the DanceAbility International dance company in collaboration with the University of Oregon School of Architecture, which designed the set structures. The show explores how we are all dependent on each other and how space determines action and vice versa. The dancers use the ever-changing set design as apparel, a

s furniture, and as architecture. The human and architectural bodies act as a symbiotic community.

This performance examines a spectrum of relationships between people and spaces, from how orientations and structures can constrict to how architecture can open opportunities for movement by responding to specific situation and inhabitants.

This cross-discipline collaboration of dance and architecture takes risks with frames and bodies. During a rehearsal, one of the dancers was high up on the designed structure and felt it start to shake. She immediately called out to the dancers below her "don't leave me!" This became the title of the piece. It speaks to our interdependence, and also the DanceAbility method belief that nobody should be left out or left behind.

This performance will open audience's hearts and minds. It shows the unlimited potential of people when disabilities are not viewed as something inferior. The dancers with and without disabilities create and express together as equals. DanceAbility International performances surprise and delight, as they dissolve labels and barriers.

The eight dancers are Eugene's top modern dance performers and teachers, and many have toured nationally and internationally. Choreographic direction is by award winning choreographer, Alito Alessi. The Design in Movement team of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts provided set and space design, under the direction of Frances Bronet (former Dean, UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts).  The music is an original composition by Jeffrey Stolet.

DanceAbility International creates opportunities for people with and without disabilities to dance and move together. Their vision is that through dance and movement, people from very diverse backgrounds experience the art of being together. In addition to performing, they conduct recreational classes and workshops and train dance educators to be able to be more inclusive.

This project is made possible in part by Western Lane Community Foundation, Plum Creek Foundation, Lane County Cultural Coalition, National Endowment for the Arts, with operating support from Lane Arts Council, and Oregon Arts Commission.


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All photos by Michael Kevin Daly

DanceAbility Method Trainings

6. No labels no limits Monica GonzalezSee the sidebar for details about DanceAbility trainings in summer, 2016 in Eugene, etc.

Please click here for more information.

DanceAbility International
576 Olive St., Suite 208
Eugene, OR 97401
U.S.+ 541.357.4982 (Pacific Standard Time)

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