DanceAbility International Spring Classes in Lane County

DanceAbility International presents - Spring Classes in Lane County

This year, classes will be held in two locations:

Eugene Hilyard Community Center: 2580 Hilyard St. Eugene, Oregon Thursday 4:00pm – 5:15pm April 11 - June 13, 2019

Cottage Grove Opal Center for Arts and Education: 513 E Main St. Cottage Grove, Oregon Monday 5:15pm – 6:15pm April 8 - June 10, 2019

Cost: For more information, to register for classes, or to sponsor the participation of a teen with a disability, contact [email protected] or call 541-357-4982. You can also visit our website,, scholarships available. No dance experience necessary. ALL abilities and disabilities welcome! 

Both of these weekly series will be taught by Certified DanceAbility teachers. Jana Meszaros is a Certified Master Teacher and will be leading the Cottage Grove classes. Jana has been leading the classes at Hilyard and Opal for three years. She loves sharing this work and dancing with all who want to dance. In class, “you will learn a lot about dance and dancing with others – we will explore our own unique movement in a shared and creative environment.”

Madeleine Sisson is a Certified DanceAbility Teacher, and will be leading the Eugene classes. Madeleine has been teaching many styles of dance locally for six years and is excited to begin teaching DanceAbility classes after assisting Jana in her classes. Madeleine says “Dance is for everyone and everyone can take part in the joy and benefits of movement.”

DanceAbility classes consist of dance and movement exercises and explorations that build camaraderie, physical awareness, and expressive capabilities. The DanceAbility method is a contemporary dance practice taught in a way that ensures no one is isolated, regardless of experience, abilities or disabilities. For these classes, non-disabled family members of participants with disabilities are encouraged and welcome to join.

Additionally, people without disabilities who are interested in the experience of connecting through creative movement and the study of improvisation are encouraged and welcome to attend, alongside those with disabilities.

Full and partial scholarships are available to all who need them, and no one will be turned away for lack of and find us on Facebook or Instagram, Here are some comments from our participants: –"My teen with disabilities was hesitant- she loves to dance, but was self-conscious about her CP [cerebral palsy]. This class empowered her sense of self, and she added a dance class at high school this term!" –"This was a very inclusive, respectful and open-minded class that encouraged me to understand the challenges that come with disabilities, and created a safe space for artistic expression." 


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