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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Are you ready for some tunes? Grab an instrument to dance along with this week’s #KeepDancingChallenge! This week we have a song by Walk Off the Earth “Gang of Rhythm”. Many thanks to everyone who submitted a video! We loved to see your creativity and positive energy! Check out the video on our YouTube channel: [...]
Missing the sweetness to your day? If you feel your moves lack flavour, let us show you that dancing is a piece of cake! Come dance “Kid in a Candy Store” by JoJo Siwa with us to brighten up your day! A big shout out to all our dancers, teachers and volunteers who participated in [...]
#KeepDancingChallenge – Week 8: Join us in celebrating all of the mom figures of our wonderful community!
This week’s video is a special one! In honour of Mother’s Day, we are celebrating all of the mom figures of our wonderful community. We were blown away by the energy and talent of everyone who participated in this special choreography! Every look, every move and every smile filled our hearts with joy and reminded [...]
What do you do when you miss your friends? We DANCE! On this week’s #KeepDancingChallenge video, we had a lot of fun dancing with some of our friends from the Special Friends Network! A heartfelt thank you to Elaine Cray from Special Friends Network for organizing the virtual dance party and to everybody who participated [...]
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 [...]
On this week’s #KeepDancingChallenge, we love seeing your family members and even your cute dogs joining in! It really shows how dance can bring us together even in difficult times! A special thank you to our dancers, volunteers and family members for helping us spread the joy of dance! You can watch the video on [...]