We have invited Raven Brooks, student Occupational Therapist at the University of Toronto, to share some reflections about the dynamic roles the Dance Ability Movement OTs have based on her experience during her 10-week placement with us. Since Raven’s impressions covered diverse topics, we’ve decided to publish them in a series of blog posts throughout [...]
Julia began volunteering virtually and has grown into such a great role model in our community. She volunteers in many community workshop classes throughout the week as an ambassador for the Dance Ability Movement. Besides embodying an inclusive mindset, Julia has the ability to make everyone feel a sense of belonging. Taking and applying feedback [...]
We are so proud of Dylan Abbott for winning Second Place Senior Novice Solo at the Elevation Dance Challenge!
Dylan ready for the competition! At the Dance Ability Movement, we believe that everyone deserves equal opportunities to shine and thrive through dance! Therefore, we encourage our dancers to follow their hearts and make their dancing dreams come true! Dylan Abbott, one of our Hip Hop dancers and volunteers at the Dance Workshop [...]
We are wrapping up our 2020 World OT Day celebration posts with an interview with Miss Jade, one of the co-founders of The Dance Ability Movement, who is also an OT! Thank you to our DAM OTs and all OTs around the world for making a difference in the lives of many! How you’ve been [...]
Our 2020 World OT Day celebration is coming to an end! Today, you will know more about the Ryan sisters, founders of The Dance Ability Movement, who are also OTs! Check out Miss Mallory’s interview below and stay tuned for Miss Jade’s post. How you’ve been reimagining participation in occupations throughout your career? Throughout my [...]
Continuing with our 2020 World OT Day celebration posts, we are sharing with you an interview with Miss Amanda, one of our new OTs! We hope you enjoy it! Stay tuned for tomorrow's interviews with Miss Mallory and Miss Jade! How you’ve been reimagining participation in occupations throughout your career? Participating in occupations is more [...]
If you are a DAM dancer, a DAM dancer’s sibling who dances or a volunteer who volunteers in other DAM classes and answered YES to the question above, then our Dance Ability Performance Crew classes might be a great fit for you! Our Performance Crew gathers virtually for choreography classes only, once a week, to [...]
Our last season looked a little different for everyone, especially for our Performance Crew that didn’t get to “perform” on a stage. But nothing stopped this amazing crew from dancing together. The challenges and change sparked new creativity and our dancers performed their hearts out from home - and created our first video performance - [...]
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! [...]
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 [...]