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

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