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Specialized Dance Education Training Coming to Portland

Alito Alessi is bringing the vision of increased inclusiveness to Portland, Oregon, with a five-day DanceAbility Teacher Orientation course. It will be held Monday, March 21st till Friday, March 25th, 2016, at the Cascade campus at Portland Pacific College.
EVERY-Body has DanceAbility

Specialized Dance Education Training Coming to Portland

"Through interpretation, every person can make every movement, and any one part of the body can both experience and express every emotion." Alito Alessi

Portland, Oregon - DanceAbility International brings people together, with and without disabilities, through dance. Their internationally acclaimed mixed-abilities dance method has traveled the world, dissolving prejudice and increasing diversity in the field of dance. For the first time, they will be offering a training in Portland, Oregon.

The DanceAbility method allows anybody and everybody's movement to emerge, thereby facilitating individual and group expression. This approach impacts the lives of not only the participants, but also of the broader community.

DanceAbility method founder Alito Alessi began exploring mixed-abilities dance in the late 1980's. "At that time, there was a lot of talk in contemporary dance about inclusion but not much actual progress. So I set out to fulfill the values of inclusive dance," stated Alessi.

Since then, he has certified over 500 teachers worldwide in the DanceAbility method, while reaching tens of thousands of individuals in Oregon and in over 20 countries through performances and educational programming. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his contributions to the evolution of dance and disability.

Alessi is now bringing the vision of increased inclusiveness to Portland, Oregon, with a five-day DanceAbility Teacher Orientation course. It will be held Monday, March 21st till Friday, March 25th, 2016, at the Cascade campus at Portland Pacific College. The course equips participants with the skills to teach dance and movement to groups that integrate people across the full spectrum of abilities and disabilities. Participants learn how to create a foundation of equality and respect among students while building connections and community through dance.

"The Teacher Orientation gives people an experience of the fundamentals of the DanceAbility method. With these skills, individuals are able to have an immediate impact in their communities," stated Alessi.

The course is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Cultural Trust. These allow reduced-tuition scholarships to be offered, especially to those outside the I-5 corridor. The courses will also be offered in Eugene and Ashland later in 2016, on a weekends-only schedule.

DanceAbility Teacher Orientation, Portland, Oregon, March 21 - 25, PCC Cascade Campus Gym Info/Register: www.danceability.com or 541-357-4982

For more information or to interview founder Alito Alessi, please contact Kathryn Gaines at 541-731-1643 or email her at  kathryn@danceability.com. Photo  creditSkye@radiencephotography.com
Kathryn Gaines
DanceAbility International
www.danceability.com
541-357-4982
 Kathryn@danceability.com
576 Olive Street, Suite 208
Eugene, OR 97401

2016 News: Upcoming Teacher Certification Courses: Vienna, Austria from July 3rd - 30th, 2016 and Eugene, Oregon from August 7th - September 2nd, 2016. For more details, visit our calendar on the DanceAbility website:  http://www.danceability.com

homepage: homepage: http://www.danceability.com
phone: phone: 541-357-4982