Special learners - Dance

Please click on a recognized disability below to access information on the disability, strategies for working with students, and/or a list of resources.

Emotional Disturbance
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disability (Formerly Mental Retardation)
Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment
Another Health Impairment

Dance Introduction

(A Reference for Dance Educators)
Holly Boda-Sutton, Associate Professor of Dance, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Update Editor: Ashley V. Tait, B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Dance Track, B.A. in Theatre, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, May 2008; AshleyVTait@gmail.com

Lindsey Fish, Lori Foster, Jamie Sibley

This site has been designed as a tool for dance educators everywhere. It is a compilation of information gathered from numerous sources and was built with the special learner in mind. Special learners enter our classroom or studio everyday, and while we, the dance educators are very passionat e about sharing the world of dance, all too often the special learners are overlooked or "worked around" purely because we are lacking in tools, knowledge and information about the child and their need.

It is hoped that this database serves as a tool for dance educators as we strive to have dance and the beauty of movement touch the lives of "every" student in our schools.

If you have strategies that you'd like to add to the site, please do.


Benjamin, Adam. Making An Entrance: Theory and Practice for Disabled and Non-Disabled Dancers. Routledge, UK, 2002.
Goodwin, D., Kroh, Joan, Kuhnle, Arvid. (2004). Beyond the Wheelchair: The Experience of Dance [Electronic Version]. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.
Halprin, Anna. Returning to Health: With Dance, Movement & Imagery. Liferhythm, 2002.
Lancaster, Tawnya. (June 2000). Diabetes in the Classroom: What you need to know when one of your students has diabetes [Electronic Version]. Dance Teacher.
McMahon, Patricia. (2000). Dancing Wheels [Electronic Version]. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.


APAQ: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

The Electronic Magazine for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Laban Ring - Labanotation

The Lung Association

NCIP: National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education Through Technology, Media and Materials

Sports ‘N Spokes

State of Flux


AXIS Dance Company
1428 Alice Street #200
Oakland, Ca 94612
Phone: (510) 625 0110
TDD: (510) 261-7050
Fax: (510) 625 0321
Email: info@axisdance.org
Web: http://www.axisdance.org/

Bethune Theatredance/Dance Outreach
3342 Barham Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca 90068
Phone: (323) 874-0481
Fax: (323) 851-2078
Email: Zina@BethuneTheatreDanse.org
Web: http://www.bethunetheatredanse.org

CandoCo Dance Company
2T Leroy House,
436 Essex Road
London, UK, 2 N1 3QP
Phone: +44(0)20 7704 6845
Fax: +44 (0)20 7704 1645
Email: info@candoco.co.uk
Web: http://www.candoco.co.uk

Dancing Wheels
3615 Euclid Avenue, Third Floor
Cleveland, 35 44115-2527
Phone: (216) 432-0306
Fax: (216) 432-0308
Email: proflair1@aol.com
Web: http://www.dancingwheels.org

Full Radius Dance
P.O. Box 54453
Atlanta, 10 30308
Phone: (404) 724-9663
Fax: (404) 724-9663
Email: fullradiusdance@aol.com
Web: http://www.fullradiusdance.org

High Spirits Dance Program
P.O. Box 40631
Pasadena, Ca 91114
Phone: (626) 399-5789
Email: jymmlynn@altrionet.com
Web: http://www.ymcala.org/Branch/webpage.aspx?ENT=64&ID=2240

Joint Forces Dance Company/ DanceAbility
P.O. Box 3686
Eugene, Or 97403
Phone: (541) 342-3273
Fax: (541) 342-3273
Email: alito22@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.danceability.com

Karen Peterson & Dancers Inc.
8700B SW 129th Terrace
Miami, Fl 33156
Phone: (305) 298-5879
Fax: (305) 378-4042
Email: kpdance@bellsouth.net
Web: http://www.karenpetersondancers.org

Rennie Harris Pure Movement
1500 Market Street
12th Floor, East Tower
Philadelphia, 38 19102
Email: info@rhpm.org

Tokounou Dance Company
137 First Ave. #7
New York, 34 10003
Phone: (212) 533-9764
Email: tokounou@mindspring.com
Web: http://tokounou.home.mindspring.com

National Arts and Disability Center
Tarjan Center University of California, Los Angeles
300 UCLA Medical Plaza Suite # 3310
Los Angeles, Ca 90095
Phone: (310) 794-1141
Fax: (310) 794-1143
Web: http://nadc.ucla.edu/