DanceAbility addresses

isolation through inclusion

normalcy through diversity

body through movement

separation through unity

stereotypes though uniqueness

society through community

hierarchy in movement aesthetics

Sally Davison DanceAbilty Finland

DanceAbility Finland Association (DAF)

DanceAbility Finland was created in 2008 to support integrated dance nationally and internationally. We teach workshops, offer outreach into different communities in order to share, explore and cultivate involvement in the multifaceted art of dance. We do this through lectures, demonstrations, workshops and networking. We also provide possibilities for skill development by participation in residencies and international workshops.

There are now 23 certified DanceAbility Teachers in Finland.

DanceAbility Finland is part of the international DanceAbility network. Read about our international and national partners.

If you are interested in supporting our work you can become a member of our association or contact us about making a donation.

DanceAbility Finland


Gunilla Profile

Gunilla Sjövall (Ex Chairperson)

In Summer 2004 I registered by a moment’s impulse on Alito Alessi’s DanceAbility workshop at FullMoon Dance Festival in Pyhäjärvi, Finland, without knowing anything about DanceAbility.  On the second day of Alito’s workshop I felt that this is my thing. DanceAbility made the inner dancer in me free and at the same time the thoughts of equality and inclusion which lay behind DanceAbility appealed to the old disability activist. By doing the Teacher Certification and bringing the method to Finland I wanted to open to others the possibilities to find the same thing I had found.

“I am impressed and I influence.”

Why do I dance? What makes dancing important to me? I become inspired by dancing and perhaps I inspire others to find something new and something they have not experienced before. I am impressed and I influence, I am free to bring forth and show something that is me, something that no one else needs to understand, or something that everyone can understand. I dance my feelings, my inner language, something that we all have inside ourselves.

Sally Profile

Sally Davison (Chairperson)

Becoming a DanceAbility teacher in 2007 changed my life. It initiated me into a journey that continues to inform and shape who I am and what I do. As I continue on the journey I am deeply inspired by the implications of what it means to have an inclusive society, to include every body in dance, in the language of the body. This opens me into a wider perspective as a mover, dancer, and human being as my relationship to it evolves and grows.

Movement is my medicine. My movement practice is influenced and informed by DanceAbility, my nonstylized environmental movement practice, butoh, somatic practices and chi kung. I am grateful to all the people who have taught me and who continue to teach me. And to Alito Alessi and to all the bodies from which this work grew and to all the people through whom it will continue. Carrying us further into body awareness and therefore enriching every body.


DanceAbility Finland ry
Reg.number: 201.517
Business ID: 2285905-1
Postal address: Lomatie 4 18A, FI-02970 Espoo, Finland

Sally Davison (Chairperson)
Milla Ilonen (Vice Chairperson)

Bank Account:
FI78 7997 7997 5814 13
(Holvi Payment Services Oy, Lapinlahdentie 8, FI-00101 Helsinki Finland)