AllPlay was established to create opportunities for all children to to be fully involved in the community. We want to ensure all children, regardless of disability or developmental challenge, have the same access to dance, education, and team sports.
Our aim is to provide the community with training and technological innovations connecting individuals, families and professionals to work together with a common goal: ensuring every child has the best possible opportunity to reach their full developmental potential.
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. 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.
Find out more about our Junior Dance Ambassadors, check out their moves, and hear from them and their parents about what dancing means to them.
Big Dance is a biennial festival of dance where thousands of people learn one choreographic piece and perform it across local regional and metropolitan communities. In 2018 Big Dance was hosted by Ausdance NSW and Ausdance VIC. AllPlay Dance collaborated with Ausdance and Giant Steps Melbourne to showcase how Big Dance could be adapted for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Watch our video below to see how we achieved this.