Pathways and Resources for Engagement and Participation: How to integrate evidence into practice

This week, Tori McQuat will be sharing her story about her time with the Dance Ability Movement and what she has done to improve service delivery at the Dance Ability Movement. Hi everyone! My name is Tori McQuat and I am a second year Occupational Therapy student at the University of Toronto. Originally, I had [...]

By |2020-06-17T11:37:03-05:00June 17th, 2020|0 Comments

Communication & Expression – Staying Connected Through Dance

My name is Mara and I am an occupational therapy student from the University of Toronto!  For the past eight weeks, I have been working with Mallory and Jade along with three other students to complete our third fieldwork placement.  I was ecstatic when I learned I had been matched with the Dance Ability Movement!  [...]

By |2020-06-12T10:40:09-05:00June 12th, 2020|0 Comments

What is good for some dancers, is good for all! A student occupational therapist’s perspective on universal design.

Throughout my two years as an occupational therapy student, I have learned the importance of creating an inclusive classroom and allowing individuals of all abilities to have a chance to participate in any activity they enjoy. As occupational therapists, we understand the importance that activities have on an individual’s wellbeing and mental health – each [...]

By |2020-06-08T10:49:25-05:00June 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Double recognition for the Volunteer of the Month for May: Congratulations to Abigail MacDonald and Estelle Tang!

CONGRATULATIONS to Abigail MacDonald and Estelle Tang on being selected as Volunteers’ of the Month for May 2020! Find below how they have been helping us to keep our community connected and thriving! Abigail MacDonald - Ballare Studio Dance This is Abigail's first year volunteering with The Dance Ability Movement at our Ancaster location, Ballare Studio [...]

By |2020-06-05T13:52:49-05:00June 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Making the Connection: A Student Occupational Therapist Perspective

As a student occupational therapist, one of the main concepts that have been instilled in me is the profound impact that engaging in meaningful activities has on one’s health and wellbeing. When you break down this idea, it truly does make sense as our lives are made up of doing things we like, or need [...]

By |2020-05-29T08:58:31-05:00May 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Dance has the power to warm and move the heart – A reflection from Crystal Chan

An important aspect of inclusion is empathy. When we are able to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, it allows us to create bonds of trust, it gives us insights into what others may be feeling or thinking, and it helps us understand how or why others are reacting to situations. In the interview below, [...]

By |2020-05-15T10:29:49-05:00May 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Congratulations to Kaily Bowen, our Volunteer of the Month for April!

This is Kaily's first year volunteering with us at our Bradford location at Elite Dance Corps and we have seen in her the true spirit of connection and kindness.  Kaily has been consistently dedicated to showing up for our Kids Class and has been a great source of calm for the group! Although Kaily's dancing buddy wasn't [...]

By |2020-05-04T10:29:48-05:00May 4th, 2020|0 Comments

Believe in yourself, try new things and thrive!

From left to right: Nancy from National Ballet School, Hayley and Crystal Every year, Canada's National Ballet School runs the Take the Lead workshop in Toronto. This year, we were thrilled to have Hayley, one of our dancers from Bradford, among the forty young women from across Canada who attended the workshop. It [...]

By |2020-05-01T08:39:01-05:00May 1st, 2020|1 Comment

Dancing Through the Coronavirus

Today, Jade and I finished leading our first Facebook Live Dance Class, with our friends at Halton Down Syndrome Association to celebrate National Dance Week! It’s a strange time to be celebrating National Dance Week. As dancers, we are used to engaging with our bodies, through movement and interaction with our environment as well as [...]

By |2020-04-24T14:12:22-05:00April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Sports and Arts Can Be Inclusive! This is Why The Dance Ability Movement Has Partnered with Special Olympics Ontario.

At The Dance Ability Movement, we truly believe everyone should have the opportunity to get active, develop their potential and be a part of the community. So does Special Olympics Ontario. This is why we are proud to announce The Dance Ability Movement and Special Olympics Ontario have established a partnership. “This partnership is a [...]

By |2019-11-18T16:01:43-05:00November 18th, 2019|0 Comments