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

Volunteering can advance your career!

We all learn at school that everyone has to be treated fairly, to have equal opportunities and to feel part of a community. However, we often don’t truly and fully understand the meaning of these words until we live them. Volunteer work brings students this opportunity. It helps them develop new skills, become more empathetic [...]

By |2020-06-05T14:04:24-05:00June 5th, 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

Congratulations to Dylan Abbott, our Volunteer of the Month for January!

When Dylan first joined our teen hip hop class, his passion for music and movement was clear. As a student, he is eager to learn choreography and perform with others. Dylan quickly took on the role of welcoming new dancers to the group and breaking down new moves for them. Helping new dancers was something [...]

By |2020-01-28T12:05:03-05:00January 28th, 2020|0 Comments

Dance and sports bring us together and allow our strengths and self-pride to shine!

The best way to create an inclusive environment is by bringing everyone together sharing a common ground! Thinking about that, Special Olympics Ontario organizes Sports Festivals where students with intellectual disabilities can experience different sports, dance and enjoy themselves. Emily Harris, our dance instructor at the June Lawrence School of Dance, and Dylan Abbott, a [...]

By |2020-01-10T14:26:28-05:00January 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Everyone deserves a chance to dance; reflections from our International Student OT

Hello everyone! We kicked off 2019 by welcoming our first international student, Becca, from the University of South Dakota. Becca is a Doctoral Occupational Therapy student who spent four weeks with us and traveled to all of our studios. You likely saw her bright smile in the lobby and in our classes throughout the month [...]

By |2019-02-06T14:36:08-05:00February 6th, 2019|0 Comments

OT Month Celebration Post

Hello again, Dance Ability community! In this post, as part of our OT celebration month, we would like to recognize and thank Sabrina Curatolo! Sabrina is our primary OT at June Lawrence School of Dance in Mississauga. Q: What was your first interaction / experience with The Dance Ability Movement? A: Attending a class at [...]

By |2018-10-26T09:11:34-05:00October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

OT Month Celebration Post

Hello Dance Ability Movement community! As you may know, October is OT month and we are celebrating the wonderful OT's that make up The Dance Ability Movement! In this post we would like to recognize Casey Cadeau, our primary OT at Elite Dance Corps in Bradford and secondary OT at the Dance Workshop in Alliston. [...]

By |2018-10-11T22:08:31-05:00October 11th, 2018|0 Comments