There’s more to gain from ballet than just balance and grace. Children gain confidence and learn to navigate tricky social connections with their peers. Opportunities for children to hone these skills abound, but this is not necessarily the case for children who are ill or who have a disability.
The Dance Ability Movement was created by two sisters, Mallory and Jade Ryan, who are both occupational therapists and certified dance instructors. Dance Ability offers inclusive dance classes in collaboration with various dance studios throughout southern Ontario. These classes enable participants to express themselves, explore creative moment, and realize their potential. Dancers who require assistance receive one-to-one buddy support from a trained volunteer.