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Two Local Dancers Start Asian Tour

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EUGENE, Ore. — Two dancers are preparing to go on a tour and teach others an inclusive style of dance that integrates people with and without disabilities.

The U.S. State Department will send the two Danceability instructors to Asia for a month-long tour. On April 18th the pair will embark on their tour to the Philippines, Indonesia and Mongolia; they will perform and teach contemporary style dances.

Since culture is different in the areas they’re traveling to, the dancers are working on making changes to their routine. “We have to really stay open and honest to listening to who they are and what their needs are rather than coming in and trying to impose our things, said Alito Alessi, founder of Danceability.

Alessi started the company in Eugene 25 years ago. This trip will be the first time these Asian countries are exposed to the art.

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  1. Sara says:

    Hi, thanks for the interesting story. Your report mentions that one can find out how to help with fundraising for the videographer, by looking at your website at News Links. I can’t find out any additional information about that – am I not looking at the right part of your site? Can you direct me to where it explains about the fundraising effort, if there is a place outside of the actual video that ran on the 6pm news? Thanks!

  2. Alito says:

    If anybody wants to help with our efforts to fund a film-maker to shoot video of the project, please take a look here:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/danceability/danceability-documentary-in-asia-0
    We are 43% of the way to our $5,000 goal, with the fundraising campaign closing in 18 days (on April 26th). Thanks!

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