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Danceability Intensive

Monday, June 11, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018
University of South Carolina Dance Studios
324 Sumter St.
Columbia, SC  29208
Registration is required

The Department of Theatre and Dance will host a 5-Day DanceAbility Intensive at the university dance studios, June 11-15, 2018. The UofSC Dance Studios are located at 324 Sumter St.

Presented by DanceAbility International, the intensive teaches dance educators how to teach the DanceAbility® method of inclusive dance to students with a diverse range of physical and mental abilities. Founded in 1987, DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expressions and exploration between people with and without disabilities.

The course is open to dance educators and anyone who wants to teach inclusive dance, or who is interested in an immersion in the DanceAbility® method. Students will receive a certificate of completion and a teaching guide (DanceAbility handbook) with over 40 exercises and detailed notes from each day’s material. While many who take these intensives are professionals, non-professionals and people with no prior dance experience are also welcome. 

Instructor for the intensive is DanceAbility co-founder Alito Alessi, a pioneer in inclusive dance methodolgies through both DanceAbility and Joint Forces Dance Company, which he founded in 1979.

"It's very exciting to have them in South Carolina," says dance professor Stephanie Milling, Associate Chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance.  "Inclusive dance practices enable dance educators who teach in any environment to promote the inclusion of all populations in dance. Whenever teaching about inclusive dance in my dance education courses, I am always referencing the work of DanceAbility as a leader in opening dance to all who are interested."

The 5-Day training includes the following: 

  •  Foundation concepts and exercises of movement improvisation for people of all abilities and disabilities, based on things that all participants can do 
  • Dance/movement explorations for individuals, partners, and small and large groups that encourage EVERYbody's expression and non-verbal communication 
  • How to foster leadership and support in groups that include diverse mental disabilities
  • • How to work with adults and children
  • Teaching physicality and touch (inspired largely by Contact Improvisation)

Registration is available online through DanceAbility here.