Barrier Free/ Diverse Abilities Dance


Photo Credits: Propeller Dance

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Barrier Free Venues (performances/workshops/classes)
AKI Studio Theatre/Native Earth Performing Arts, 585 Dundas St E., Toronto
Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 312, Toronto
Harbourfront Centre (Fleck Dance Theatre/Harbourfront Centre Theatre/Studio Theatre/Brigantine Room)
Intergalactic Arts Collective
Miles Natal JCC/ Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Pia Bouman Studios
Trinity St. Paul's Church

Integrated and Disabled Dance Companies* & Performers (Ontario)
Abilities Arts Festival, Toronto
Dance Ability Movement, Mississauga
Lawrence Shapiro (Dancer) shapiro_dance_resume_2018.pdf
Maxine Heppner (Dancer/Choreographer)
Peggy Baker (Dancer/Choreographer)
Picasso PRO
Propeller Dance, Ottawa
Spirit Synott (Actor/Dancer/Performer)
Wheel Dance, Toronto

* Note: most listed companies are not led by Disabled Artists.
However to access Canada Council funding, it is a specific requirement.

Dancing with Parkinsons, Toronto
Dancing with Parkinson’s at Quinte Ballet School of Canada,
Miles Natal JCC/Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto
EveryBody Dance! (workshop at JCC http://mnjcc,org)
Maxine Heppner classes at Intergalactic Arts Collective/Trinity St. Paul's & Pia Bouman Studios
The Dance Ability Movement
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
SICA Wheel Dance Hour long wheel dance latin class (see mnjcc,org) http://mnjcc,org
Dance with Kelly (Kelly Morden)
Dance Possibilities

Additional Information

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

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

Positive Changes to Rules at ODSP & OW re Grants to Disabled Artists
See article under Dance News dated March 2, 2018