“Everybody is challenged on his or her own level of experience and is treated equally. In that way a big or small movement is relative to the person, and everybody can translate a movement of another body into his or her own cells. And the more varied the bodies and experiences the more exciting and rich the kinds of possibilities. With that understanding a wheelchair is no longer a symbol of being disabled; instead it widens the movement possibilities and adds new chapters in the language of dance: a woman choreographing with her eyes, a man dancing with his walking sticks, etc.”

∼Beate Schmitt

Certified DanceAbility Teacher


Joint Forces Past Events Calendar

2013 Events

February

  • Teacher Certification Course in Montevideo, Uruguay, February 3rd - March 1st.

April

  • April 9th, performance-assembly at Oakridge Elementary School, Oakridge, Oregon.
  • Arts Envoy trip to Asia, sponsored by the United States’ State Department, April 19-May 18. Indonesia, April 20-May 3

May

  • Arts Envoy trip, continued...Mongolia & Philippines.

June

  • Joy of Asia presentation The Shedd Institute June 28 5pm.

July

  • Full Moon Festival» Finland, July 22-July 25, Alito Alessi teaching DA workshop.
  • DanceAbility workshops with Alito Alessi, at ImPulsTanz Festival», July 29-Aug 2.
  • Cirque-Elation Dance with certified DanceAbility teachers Celeste Peterson and Emery Blackwell. July 20, 2:30pm-3:30pm at the Reach Center, 2520 Harris Street, Eugene, OR. See their website» for details.

2012 Events

March 2012

June

  • Two Day DanceAbility Workshop in San Francisco, California, hosted by Axis Dance Company». Dates are from June 9th to June 10th, 2012.

July

  • Teacher Certification Course in Vienna, Austria, hosted by ImpulsTanz Festival». Dates are from July 15th to August 11th, 2012.

December

  • DanceAbility Party and Silent Art Auction. Friday, December 7th, 2012. 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At the Broadway Commerce Center, 44 W. Broadway (at Willamette), Eugene, Oregon. Come celebrate 25 years of the DanceAbility Method!
  • DanceAbility 25th Anniversary Workshop in Eugene, OR. December 16th, 2012, 12:30 to 3:30 pm. The WOW Hall, 291 West 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

2011 Events

January 2011

  • January 31 - February 25: Alito Alessi leading a DANCEABILITY TEACHER CERTIFICATION COURSE in Florianopolis, Brazil. The cost will be U.S. $1200. Contact us for registration or questions, or for information in Portuguese please contact: Ana Alonso »

February 2011

  • January 31 - February 25: Alito Alessi DANCEABILITY TEACHER CERTIFICATION COURSE in Florianopolis, Brazil continues. See January listing.

March 2011

  • March 3 - 11: Breitenbush Jam.

May 2011

  • May 29 - 31: Ashoka Conference.

June 2011

  • June 8 - 22: Seoul, South Korea. Workshop and Street Parade.
  • June 10 - 19: Seoul, South Korea. Alito will be creating a DanceAbility performance piece.
  • June 27 - July 22: Teacher Training Course in Colombia.

July 2011

  • July 18 - 24: Alito teaching DanceAbility and other workshops at ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna, Austria: http://www.impulstanz.com/
  • July 31 - August 6: DanceAbility Europe Convention, Vienna.

September 2011

  • September 4 - November 12: Cirque Elation! workshop and performance series for all abilities, led by Certified DanceAbility Teachers Celeste Peterson and Emery Blackwell. Workshops are every other Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m. in Eugene, Oregon. Contact cirque.elation@gmail.com for more information.
  • September 10 - 11: Alito Alessi teaching bodywork and contact improvisation workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay. Contact danceability.uruguay@gmail.com for details, in English or Spanish.
  • September 15 - 17: Alito Alessi teaching DanceAbility workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay. Contact danceability.uruguay@gmail.com for details, in English or Spanish.
  • September 24 - 25: DanceAbility workshop in Neuquen, Argentina.
  • September 27 - October 1: Improvisation workshop and DanceAbility workshop in Concepcion, Chile.

October 2011

  • Every other Sunday, in Eugene, Oregon, Cirque-Elation workshops continue, see September.
  • October 4 - 10: Improvisation workshops, performance coaching and DanceAbility in Santiago, Chile.
  • October 11 - 19: Alito Alessi teaching various DanceAbility workshops in Bogota, Colombia.

2010 Events

January 2010

  • January: Young Audiences - Portland, Oregon.

February 2010

March 2010

  • March 4 to 12: The 29th Annual Breitenbush Contact Improvisation Jam » will take place at this beautiful hotsprings retreat center in the mountains of Oregon. Workshop/labs led by Andrew Harwood on "Less Intention--More Attention." To register, send $125 deposit to Joint Forces, PO Box 51257, Eugene, Oregon 97405.
  • March 18: Young Audiences performance in Portland, Oregon.

May 2010

  • May 23 to 28: MoMo Dance Theatre of Calgary, Alberta hosts Alito Alessi. He will teach a six-day DanceAbility workshop.
    Contact: Pam Boyd, Calgary »
  • May 29: DanceAbility Street Performance Parade in a downtown plaza during Speak Out, Calgary’s annual rally, parade and party celebrating disability pride in Alberta. See May 23-28 event information above.

July 2010

  • July 5 to 30: Alito Alessi leading a DANCEABILITY TEACHER CERTIFICATION COURSE in Vienna at ImPulsTanz/ Vienna International Dance Festival, then contact improv and bodywork the following week. For registration and cost details, see this page at the ImPulsTanz website »

2009 Events

January

  • January 5 - 9, 2009: DanceAbility Workshop with Alito in Santiago, Chile.
    Contact: Producer and dance artist Angela Vega »
  • January 10 - 11, 2009: Contact Improvisation with Alito in Santiago, Chile.
    Contact: Producer and dance artist Angela Vega »

February

  • February 6th: Youth Outreach Assembly - Crest Elementary, Eugene.
  • February 12th: Youth Outreach Assembly - Bellevue, Washington.
  • February 13th: Youth Outreach Assembly - Kelso, Washington.
  • February 20th: Youth Outreach Assembly - Goshen, Oregon.

March

  • March 5-13: For information about the Breitenbush Contact Improvisation Jam, click here »to go to our information page on Breitenbush.
  • March 23-May 8: DanceAbility in the Schools - Linz and Upper Austria. Alito will participate in the I LIKE TO MOVE IT, MOVE IT! project of Linz09. Linz is the designated European Capital of Culture for 2009. Alito will work directly with children, and also provide training in the DanceAbility method to teachers and artists. For more information, click here to email us »

April

  • March 23-May 8: Alito’s DanceAbility classes in Austria continue. See March listing.

May

  • March 23-May 8: Alito’s DanceAbility classes in Austria continue. See March listing.

June

  • June 28 - July 24: DanceAbility Teacher Certification course with Alito in Finland. See July listing.

July

  • June 28 - July 24: DanceAbility Teacher Certification course with Alito in Kirkkonummi, Finland.
    Contact: Gunilla Sjövall» of DanceAbility Finland ry Association.

August

  • August 3 - 14: Alito teaches DanceAbility, Contact Improvisation, and Bodywork at ImPulsTanz, the Vienna International Dance Festival. To enroll in classes, visit the festival website: www.impulstanz.com » (English and German language site).
    ImPulsTanz
    Telephone: 43-1-523-55-58
    office@tanzwochen.at »
    www.impulstanz.com »

2008 Events

May

  • May 1-4: DanceAbility Workshop in Mexico City.
    Producer: Rosana Padilla
    rgpl76@yahoo.com.mx »
  • May 6-10: DanceAbility Workshop in Mexico City.
    Escuela Nacional de Danza Nellie y Gloria Campobello
    Producer: Leticia Peñaloza - click here to conact »
    Telephone: 00-52-55-55-897-674
  • May 12-18: DanceAbility Workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Producer: Danza Sin Limites
    Telephone: 00-54-911-5183-731
    marinagubbay@arnet.com.ar »
  • May 20-25: DanceAbility Workshop in Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
    Producer: Lourdes Irupe Barrera
    blimar_@hotmail.com »
  • May 26-31: DanceAbility Workshop in Montevideo, Uruguay.
    Producer: Florencia Martinelli
    fpower@internet.com.uy »

June

  • June 12-18: DanceAbility and Contact Improvisation Workshops at CI36 in Pennsylvania.
    Juniata College, United States
    www.ci36.com »

July - August

  • July 27 - August 10: Alito will attend ImPulsTanz, and teach the following workshops: One Week DanceAbility, Contact Improvisation, and Bodywork. He will also be doing private coaching with a young Artist-in-Residence, Gabri Einsiede.
    To enroll in classes, visit the festival website: www.impulstanz.com » (English and German language site).
    ImPulsTanz
    Telephone: 43-1-523-55-58
    office@tanzwochen.at »
    www.impulstanz.com »

August

September

  • September 8-9: DanceAbility Performance for Diversity Conference in Salem, Oregon, for Oregon Department of Human Services, Department of Transportation and Employment Department.
  • September 15-18: Alito teaches in Oulu, Finland at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Only open to university students.
  • September 22-26: Alito teaches DanceAbility and Bodywork in Kirkkonummi, Finland.
    Contact: Gunilla Sjövall and Pauliina Lappi-Ruhanen » of Tanssiryhmä Pauliinauru & Co. - Dance Group Pauliinauru & Co.

October

  • October 17th: Youth Outreach Performance Maple Elementary School, Springfield, Oregon.

December




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