Inclusive Dance Directory

Information about the inclusive dance directory

This directory was developed in 2018 to encourage greater participation in dance for all children and young people, regardless of physical, psychological or social ability. This is the first online searchable directory of inclusive dance schools that is freely available for parents, children, dance teachers/schools, professionals and service providers seeking inclusive dance opportunities for children in Australia. The directory has been funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency. It aims to promote physical activity, well-being and inclusive practices for children aged 0-17 years.

How to use directory

On arriving at the Dance Directory please use the selection criteria in the top right to refine the results to the best school for your needs whether it be location or dance style or both.

Your results will be listed on the left and more information can be seen by selecting the school either by clicking the map pin or on the details section.

Each result will display a collection of applicable tags to that specific school to help you ascertain if the school is right for your specific needs. Please see key below to better understand each tag.

Directory Key

 All Abilities

Children with any type of disability can participate.

 Accessible location

Refers to a site, facility, work environment, service, or program that is easy to approach, enter, operate, and/or use safely and with dignity by a person with a disability. In this case, an accessible location would allow for someone with a disability to independently enter the building, navigate to a room where the program is held, enter the room, and have a place in the room where they could participate equally.

Adapted equipment

Devices that are used to assist with completing activities that are specially designed for use by persons with disabilities, such as wheelchairs, lifts, communication devices


An “accommodation” is a broad term that is used to describe a modification to goods, services and structures that allows for inclusion and participation by persons with disabilities. Some common accommodations to modify goods and services include: auxiliary aids and services, assistive technology, and personal services. These accommodations can help equalize the opportunity for persons with disabilities to access services.

Instructional/educational materials

Refers to having accessible instructional/education materials about the programs.This could include braille, electronic version in plain text (ASCII), including text description of pictures, large print, pictograms, audio and video with captions.

Disability-trained staff

Disability Awareness Training is training provided by employers to inform staff of how to work with and be sensitive to the special needs of persons with disabilities that will enable such persons to function and thrive in the given environment. Training includes learning about efficiently providing for the physical needs of persons with disabilities as well as dismantling stereotypes and misconceptions.

Inclusive class

Mainstream program that is open to children with and without disabilities

Specialist class

Dance program only open to children with disabilities

Adapted dance class

The dance program is designed so that persons with disabilities and without disabilities participate equally, such as adapting movements and rules of games.

Program age range


How to be added to the directory!

If you run an inclusive dance school or program and wish to be added to this directory or wish to have your information updated or removed please contact us.

Although the content of this directory was prepared with due care we do not warrant or represent that the information is free from errors or omission. Whilst the information is considered to be true and correct at the time it was retrieved, changes in circumstances after the time of retrieval may impact on the accuracy of the Information.