“At DanceAbility Australia Ltd there is not one star that is brighter than the other, they all shine with their own brilliance proving that in life anything and everything is possible.”
Lucy Ricardo, Founder
DanceAbility Australia Ltd was founded by the current Principal, Lucy Ricardo in February 2009.
As the mother of a 16 year old boy with Down Syndrome Lucy increasingly became aware of the need for her son, Patrick to develop and explore opportunities like his younger sister had through her weekly dance classes. She had seen the Merry Makers featured on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope and was inspired to launch her own dance school for children and adults with additional needs in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. And so with the blessing of Janet and Lucinda from the Merry Makers, Lucy’s dream has come to fruition and DanceAbility Australia Ltd was created in 2009, providing an opportunity for unique individuals to also be enriched by the wonderful world of dance and music.
Jess holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UNSW majoring in Theatre and Performance and has completed a Certificate IV in Dance at ED5 International. She has also trained Internationally in Los Angeles, New York, Japan and Canada in the styles of Jazz, Hip-hop, Funk, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Ballet. Jess’s passion for dance education has led her to the position of head choreographer at DanceAbility Australia Ltd. Her level of commitment to this dance troupe is immeasurable and Jess continues to inspire the students to achieve their dreams. Jess is also the founder and director of 100% DANCE which she opened in 2007 as a platform to share her love and knowledge of dance. With 10 years experience in the industry as a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor, Jess has an expansive list of reputable clients including BONDS, Sydney Dance Company, The Kyle and Jackie O Show, ABC, NRL Australia, Iggy Azalea, International Artists G.E.M. and Sam Hui, StarTrack Express, Luna Park, Country Music Channel, IKEA, Gideon Bensen, Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bollywood blockbuster “Sardaarji Returns” and So You Think You Can Dance. Her most recent choreographic collaboration was recognized and acclaimed by International superstar Janet Jackson and Producer Jimmy Jam. She also works with the Australian School of Performing Arts to deliver the Girls From Oz program, taking dance to remote Indigenous schools across Australia.
The driving force behind DanceAbility Australia Ltd is the dedicated team of volunteers who give up their time on Wednesday afternoons / evenings each week.