The AllPlay online dance resources to support inclusion in dance for kids with disabilities was officially launched on Sunday, 7 October 2018 by Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO, who praised the initiative’s work for working so closely with the community.
“AllPlay Dance is a game changer for kids with disabilities,” she said. “AllPlay Dance is translating evidence-based science into practical outcomes; we actually do the work, find the evidence, test the evidence, and then it is applied with practical outcomes that will make a difference in the lives of all young people.”
The event featured a performance by children with cerebral palsy together with a group of elite dancers who served as buddies for each child. The performance showed the beauty of dance truly comes in all forms – where leaping dancers spun alongside dancers using wheelchairs; and swaying ballerinas collaborated perfectly with dancers using mobility aids in a seamless display of grace and expression.
To top off the show, Queensland Ballet artistic director, Li Cunxin, led the elite students in a unique masterclass. “We firmly believe in the power ballet has to create positive change, provide opportunity and bring people together,” said Li.
Watch the official launch here: