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The Dance Ability Movement in the Media

Happy Feet

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Mallory Ryan was in the first year of her master’s in occupational therapy at U of T when a classmate showed her a video of a ballet class for girls with cerebral palsy. She was immediately captivated, and knew right away that she wanted to teach children – including those with special needs – how to dance.

Dance Ability captures diamond award at Milton competition

The team includes dancers with special needs

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When two Milton sisters first began the Dance Ability Movement, they hoped it would enable people of all abilities to enjoy the arts. Little did Jade and Mallory Ryan know that it would explode into a successful program that continues to grow and expand across the province.

Inclusive and accessible dance program offered in Alliston and Bradford

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An inclusive and accessible dance program called the Dance Ability Movement teaches dancers with special needs more than just how to bust a move. It was created by sisters Mallory and Jade Ryan, who are dancers themselves and also occupational therapists.

“Everybody has the ability to dance and to do anything,” said Mallory Ryan. “”I grew up as a dancer taking jazz.,ballet, tap and hip hop at a studio and when I was doing my Masters of Occupational Therapy Degree I realized there’s a lot of kids out there that aren’t able to access typical dance classes in the studio environment.” …

PODCAST – Creating belonging; one dance studio at a time, with Jade and Mallory Ryan

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Two sisters, Jade and Mallory Ryan, who are occupational therapists and experienced dancers are partnering with dance studios to create a dance class that is inclusive of kids with all abilities.

What you will learn in this Episode:
– Hear Jade & Mallory’s story of entrepreneurs creating a sense of belonging
– Learn the model of inclusion that they have built inside the dance studio
– Learn the key success factors Jade and Mallory use to build an inclusive culture
– Learn the many benefits the dance students of all abilities are receiving

Please note that the above video was made by Enter the Picture Productions as a surprise for us for the television series “Walk the Walk”. The testimonials presented are applicable to the individuals depicted only and may not be representative of the experience of others. The testimonials are not paid and are not indicative of future performance or success of any other individuals.

Sharing Dance 2017 at The National Ballet School

On February 22, 2017 over 30 dancers from The Dance Ability Movement visited the National Ballet School downtown Toronto to take a class for Sharing Dance Day in celebration of Canada’s 150th!

HDSA World Down Syndrome Day

UOIT Alumni with Mallory Ryan

University of Toronto – OT Alumni – April 2016

Together We Rock – March 2016

Abilities Magazine – October 2015

OSOT Awesome Acts in OT – May 2015

New Alliston Location – February 20th, 2015

Huffington Post Article -October 15th, 2013

“What Works Best for Your Child – Inclusion, Integration or Segregation?”

Huffington Post Bio – October 15th, 2013

WALK THE WALK Media

Preview Clip

Canada’s Walk of Fame

Television Critic’s Review – October 12th, 2013

Milton Champion – October 12th, 2013

Toronto Star – October 1st, 2013

Enter the Picture Productions – September 9th, 2013

University of Toronto

OT/PT Alumni Newsletter (Page 4) – Fall 2013

OT at U of T Website – September 2013

Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards – 2011

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

Alumni Association Awards – Mallory receives Humanitarian Award 2014

The First Ad We Had 🙂

Milton Champion Newspaper  – September 2010

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