Barrier Free/ Diverse Abilities Dance

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRELIMINARY LISTING OF BARRIER FREE VENUES
AND DIVERSE ABILITIES DANCE OPPORTUNITIES 

Photo Credit: Propeller Dance

Dance Ontario has recently conducted general accessibility updates on this website ensuring that it will function better for visitors with screen readers, alternate browsers, poor vision etc. Please advise us if you encounter issues so we can make adjustments to improve our services.

Barrier Free Venues (performances/workshops/classes)
AKI Studio Theatre/Native Earth Performing Arts, 585 Dundas St E., Toronto  nativeearth.ca
Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 312, Toronto www.dancemakers.org
Harbourfront Centre (Fleck Dance Theatre/Harbourfront Centre Theatre/Studio Theatre/Brigantine Room) www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Intergalactic Arts Collective
Miles Natal JCC/ Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto  http://mnjcc.org/
Pia Bouman Studios  http://www.piaboumanschool.org
The Citadel, 304 Parliament St, Toronto www.colemanlemieux.com
Theatre Centre 1115 Queen Street W, Toronto  http://theatrecentre.org
Trinity St. Paul's Church

Integrated and Disabled Dance Companies & Performers (Ontario)
Abilities Arts Festival, Toronto  info@abilitiesartsfestival.org
Dance Ability Movement, Mississauga  http://www.danceabilitymovement.com
Lawrence Shapiro (Dancer)  http://ca.linkedin.com/lawrence-shapiro-43977719
Maxine Heppner (Dancer/Choreographer)   http://acrossoceans.org/
Peggy Baker (Dancer/Choreographer)  http://peggybakerdance.com
Picasso PRO  https://picassopro.org
Propeller Dance, Ottawa   http://propellerdance.com
Spirit Synott (Actor/Dancer/Performer)  http://www.spiritsinit.com/contact-me
Wheel Dance, Toronto  www.wheeldance.ca

Workshops/Classes
Dancing with Parkinsons, Toronto   www.dancingwith parkinsons.com
Miles Natal JCC/Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto www.mnjcc.org
EveryBody Dance! (workshop at JCC http://mnjcc,org)
Maxine Heppner classes at Intergalactic Arts Collective/Trinity St. Paul's & Pia Bouman Studios  www.acrossoceans.org
The Dance Ability Movement  www.danceabilitymovement.com
offering classes/workshops at the following studios: 
Dance Elite Studio for the Arts - Milton
June Lawrence Sch. of Dance - Mississauga
The Dance Workshop - Alliston
Ballare Studio Dance - Hamilton/Ancaster
J'Danse Studio - Scarborough
Elite Dance Corps - Bradford
JCB Danceworks - Richmond Hill
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre  Creative Movement Made for Me with Michelle Silagy  www.schooloftdt.org
SICA Wheel Dance Hour long wheel dance latin class (see mnjcc,org) http://mnjcc,org
Dance with Kelly (Kelly Morden) http://www.dancewithkelly.com/

Additional Information
Akimbo.ca          http://akimbo.ca/
AccessTO          http://www.accessto.ca/

Grants Available
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has expanded the eligibility criteria for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities who require accessibility support to complete an OAC-funded project. These changes reflect OAC’s commitment to removing barriers to participating in and accessing the arts.

Individuals/groups already eligible

  • Individual applicants who identify as Deaf or as having a disability.

  • Ad hoc groups or collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability.

Expanded eligibility criteria

  • Incorporated organizations that are Deaf or disability-led (e.g. board/staff who are Deaf or identify as having a disability) and have a mandate to serve and involve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities.

  • Eligible expenses can now include making a project accessible to audiences, participants or learners involved in the project.

  • Requests for these funds can now be made after the point of application by contacting program staff.

More about accessibility funds

  • Accessibility funds can be used to support activities that occur at any point in the project.

  • Applicants may request these funds in an application to any of OAC’s project programs.

Additional resources

Contacts
Janice Lambrakos, Information Services Coordinator
416-969-7429 | toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429
jlambrakos@arts.on.ca
 
Angela Britto, Equity, Diversity and Accessibility Coordinator
416-961-1660 ext. 5171 | toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 5171
abritto@arts.on.ca