The Dynamic OT Role at the DAM: Supporting New Dancers through an individualized approach

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 [...]

By |2021-07-29T15:36:46-05:00July 29th, 2021|1 Comment

Congratulations Julia Kostecki on being June’s Volunteer of the Month!

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 [...]

By |2021-07-05T15:29:01-05:00July 5th, 2021|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2021-06-28T15:30:16-05:00June 28th, 2021|0 Comments

2020 World Occupational Therapy Day – Interview with Miss Jade!

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 [...]

By |2020-10-31T12:31:51-05:00October 31st, 2020|0 Comments

2020 World Occupational Therapy Day – Interview with Miss Mallory!

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 [...]

By |2020-10-30T14:12:49-05:00October 31st, 2020|0 Comments

2020 World Occupational Therapy Day – Interview with Miss Amanda!

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 [...]

By |2020-10-30T18:26:41-05:00October 30th, 2020|0 Comments

Would You Like to DANCE to ADVOCATE?

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 [...]

By |2020-10-30T13:28:40-05:00October 14th, 2020|0 Comments

It’s Time to Dance with Our Performance Crew!

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 - [...]

By |2020-10-30T13:29:17-05:00October 9th, 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 |2021-05-07T08:51:06-05:00June 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 |2021-05-07T08:54:06-05:00June 8th, 2020|0 Comments
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