icandance was established in September 2006 by Founder and Principal Juliet Diener with the vision to make dance accessible for all. Believing in the power of dance and its ability to support well-being icandance’s mission is to nurture creativity, learning and wellbeing through dance and movement.
icandance believes that as we nurture these core values in children, young people, their families and the professionals who care for them it will:
- improve lives
- change perspectives
- support communities and
- inspire change
icandance makes this possible.
icandance offers weekly group dance classes for children and young people aged 4 to 25 years with varying needs including complex, profound and multiple disabilities. We create performance opportunities and weekly sessions are held in schools as well as Saturday dance sessions and a week-long Summer school, family discos, sibling days and the highlight of our dance calendar, our Annual Performance. The Annual Performance is held in theatre and is a celebration of the year’s work.
We also offer a Winter awards ceremony, where we celebrate the achievements of each dancer combined with a Christmas performance by the dancers. We reach approximately 140 disabled children and their families each week.
Our dance approach is varied but focuses on the use of ballet in the group sessions.
We offer individual Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions at schools and in various settings for those with disabilities and their families. These sessions offer individuals, siblings and parent’s opportunities to explore the challenges of living with a disability in a creative, embodied way. Sessions are led by a skilled practitioner working towards developing a creative, therapeutic relationship to support wellbeing.