As a non-profit existing in the overlap of dance & disability, we quickly realized that funding opportunities are quite limited. So as we started thinking of ways we can generate revenue, we noticed that there are so many people out there who want to and who can benefit from taking an inclusive dance class that will allow them to - connect with themselves, with others, express themselves and also get a physical exercise out of it. Click here to take a look at our different offerings or click here to learn more about what to expect from an inclusive dance workshop.
That is why we want to make dance accessible to you through working with amazing dancers who want to share the beauty of dance through connecting with communities like yours. By scheduling a dance class with us you are not only getting social, emotional and physical benefits of a dance class but YOU are:
Supporting dancers with disabilities & ASL interpreters
Helping us dismantle ableism
Keeping our classes financially accessible
So what exactly is an inclusive dance workshop?
An inclusive dance workshop is a high-energy dance class where people with and without disabilities can participate. Our instructors will provide adaptations and instructions for moves specifically addressing the access needs of the audiences at the event.
We center our dance class around having fun and finding your own voice and expression. Our instructors guide you through movements options, but we believe you are the best decision maker when it comes to your body, so we invite you to decide how adapt moves to your own body. They will demonstrate and suggest moves, ideas and dance technique that you will use to learn new rhythms and explore new parts of yourself!
We aim to make our classes accessible and inclusive to people of all abilities; however we understand that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all programming. We are always looking for ways to grow and improve our services to make sure we are really considering all abilities and bodies.
Length: Our dance classes are usually one (1) hour long, but we have also done 30 and 90 minute long classes.
Dance Class Styles: Our dance class offerings are in very unique styles such as, but not limited to, Flamenco, Urban Jazz and Brazilian dancing. We work with instructors with diverse backgrounds, not only in terms of their disability, but also in terms of the ethnic, cultural or racial perspectives they bring into their creative work. We will schedule a dance class based on your interests, availability and our instructors’ availability. Below is a list of all the different dance styles we offer, you can also learn more about each style here:
Contemporary Brazilian Dance
Closed Captions & ASL: We will have closed captioning available. Based on the needs of your community, we will also schedule an ASL interpreter for your class with an extra fee.
If you are interested in learning more about disability inclusion, allyship and intersectionality…
You can also schedule us to do a 30 minute or 1 hour presentation & workshop at the end of your dance class. This presentation, put together by the founders of DfAB, can address any of the topics mentioned above! If there is a specific topic you would like to learn more about or that you would like us to highlight, you can mention that in your message when you fill out the contact form.
Ongoing Dance Classes
So you are committed to making a lasting difference in the field of dance & disability? Maybe you took an inclusive dance class and you didn’t get enough of it and want to do more classes on an ongoing basis! If this is you, contact us and let us know which dance style/s you are interested in and how frequently you want to have the classes.
"What an awesome and uplifting class, Janpi's personality and spunk always makes me feel so energized and his selection of music is amazing! Every Sunday I look forward to seeing him and everyone that is as enthusiastic as Janpi!"
Brazilian Dance Testimonial
"Instructor Stefanie B. was amazing - supportive, uplifting, vibing with us all, and sharing such critical and powerful info regarding the origins, history and current social contexts of this dance! Appreciated mods for physical integration with lower body mobilities. It was also very easy for me to understand, spoken clearly and repeated with physical movements, which can sometimes be a challenge for me."
Urban Jazz Dance
"Wonderful, unique experience for me. Antoine was all heart and soul. He is a kind and patient teacher. He is very welcoming to different bodies and movement styles."
"Very fun! I was so glad I participated in this. I loved everything about it and felt like once more I CAN DANCE! I loved how Auti just showed us the choreo and had us try it out like a real class."
"Dance for All Bodies was a presenter at Amazon’s recent internal event, A11yCon 2020 ‘Conversations on Disability Inclusion’. During this time I had the pleasure and privilege to work with Yagmur Halezeroglu and Tess Hanson, founders of Dance for All Bodies, and their team member Stephanie. Throughout our interaction Yagmur, Tess and Stephanie were consummate professionals who brought expertise and passion for their work into our exchanges and their presentation.
While a bit unconventional, the feedback and results from the interactive Dance for All Bodies session at our event were phenomenal. Amazonians that participated in their presentation stated being positively energized and left very enthusiastic not only by the interaction, but about the work Dance for All Bodies is doing.
I am excited for the future of Dance for All Bodies under Yagmur and Tess’s leadership. The services they are providing benefit not only persons with disabilities, but entire communities. I look forward to opportunities to work together again in the future."
- Bettina Thompson (she/her/hers)
Program Manager at Amazon [Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Talent Acquisition] | Core Tech
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if I or the participants don’t have a disability? Can I not schedule a class with you? That is totally okay, you can still schedule a dance class with us! We welcome anyone who wants to dance and wants to share that with others.
2. How long will the event be? The event will be as long as you’d like! Most usually our classes are around 1 hour long but in the past we have done 30 minute, 1.5 hour long classes.
3. What if I am not sure of the style of dance class, can you help me? Definitely, if you are not sure what kind of dance class you would like to schedule, please mention that in your contact form submission.
4. Can I organize a virtual dance class? Of course! We have currently transitioned to providing all virtual dance classes, so we will be ready to bring an interactive dance class to your audience.
5. Is there a limit on the number of people who can attend or a minimum? No minimums or maximums! We think that if you have a minimum of 10 people, that will be the most fun for you, but you can decide how many people you’d like to invite.
6. How much does a dance class cost? This will depend on the group size and availability of our instructors.
7. Can I send a playlist or songs suggestions? Yes, please do! You can either include that information in the contact form you fill out or you can email it to us at email@example.com