2019-2020 Annual Report
Dance for All Bodies (DfAB) is a non-profit that organizes inclusive dance classes designed for people with disabilities.
We are dismantling ableism in the world one dance class at a time!
Limited availability of dance classes accessible to the disability community, especially for disabled adults.
The ableist belief that dance is only for the non-disabled.
How We Approach
Organizing online dance classes that prioritize inclusion and accessibility in multiple dance styles.
Hallmarks of Access in Our Classes
Access is not a one size fits all. We are continuing to expand our understanding and embodiment of access every day.
Dance pedagogy that centers people with disabilities
ASL interpretation and closed captioning for Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants
Audio descriptions of dance movements for blind and low-vision participants
Financial Access: Donation based classes, $5-15
Taught completely online:
no travel demands, classes can be taken in home/living space
Why Inclusive Dance Classes are Important
Inclusive dance classes allow people of all abilities to benefit from dance, which is a powerful tool that can:
• Promote community building
• Enhance motivation & create a sense of well-being
• Improve physical strength and balance
Source: Dance as a Therapy for Cancer Prevention. Dance Training Improves Nervous System Coordination, Balance: Study.
increased sense of social connectedness
improved emotional state and self-confidence
increased strength, fitness or mobility
learned something new/exciting about dance technique, style or self-expression
• 67% of participants have physical/mobility disabilities
• 4% of participants identified as having multiple disabilities
• 3% of participants are individuals with blindness/vision impairment/low vision
• 3% of participants identified as Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
“After my first dance class in two years with Janpi Star in Salsa, the class gave me the opportunity to learn about my body again.
The space was inclusive and non-judgmental and opened my eyes that dancing does not always have to be two feet on the ground. I was in tune with my body and though I have to dance seated in order to maintain coordination and balance, I was able to dance freely.
Dance for All Bodies views its participants as dancers, not patients, disabled, or victims. Dance is utilized to create community, respect, inclusiveness, and creativity by supporting participants to express emotions, relieve stress, and mitigate isolation. Dance for All Bodies lifts spirits, creates a positive vibe, and empowers its dancers.”
Jenny Herges, dance participant and volunteer