Dance for All People


Dance for All People (DAPpers) brings the love and power of dance to people of all ages and abilities. Join us each Wednesday in May for movement, breath, joy, rhythm, and dance.

All are welcome.

Institute Members receive 50% off of their tuition. Simply enter the Institute code upon registration. All are welcome to join the Institute. Membership is lifelong.


 The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death lifts up the power of dance to bring joy, healing, transformation, and reconciliation with the wonders and grief of mortal existence. We are thrilled to collaborate with Rachel Balaban, founder of Dance for All People (DAPpers) to offer up this program to all Institute members and friends.

Dance for All People (DAPpers) believes in the power of all people to find vitality, creativity and joy within our own bodies. We celebrate each other as we are and foster growth through dance, music, and dialogue in a welcoming community that encourages people of all ages, abilities, and identities to flourish.

Wednesdays May 4, 11, 18 & 25
2-3pm EST
Offered live, online
*Classes are not recorded

DAPpers is a multigenerational dance class designed for people with movement challenges and aging bodies. Our classes build community and understanding of the power of dance through a variety of movement styles. The relationships formed are meaningful for all participants and address some of the isolation and loneliness people often feel. In class, you will:

Increase coordination and flexibility while releasing body tension

Improve balance and gait, strengthen your core, feel power and grace in your movements

Enhance awareness of your body and vitality through movement

Breathe more deeply and vocalize more fully

Experience a wide variety and range of inspiring music

Feel supported as you explore in a safe and comfortable environment

Flourish within a joyful community 

(We’ll start classes seated and move to standing unless you prefer to remain seated.)


“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” 
~Agnes de Mille 


Rachel Balaban is co-founder and co-director of Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP) at Brown University. ASaP imagines, designs, and implements programs for individuals to thrive through access to arts, culture, and quality education throughout their lives. In the academic course at Brown, students explore the impact of art on people with neurological conditions, specifically Parkinson’s disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to teaching, her focus is on the connection between the community members and the undergraduate students, coordinating academics, research, and arts programming.

Rachel is the founder of DAPpers (Dance for All People) where she has the privilege of dancing with people of all ages, abilities and identities. She is also Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD®, an internationally acclaimed program of the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Movement Director for the LA-based Miracle Project New England, a fully inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for people with autism. Rachel is committed to helping people access their vitality and health through the use of their own bodies and to make dance accessible to all populations. She presents and leads movement workshops for schools, faculty, foundations, corporations, conferences, community centers, hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

You’ll usually find Rachel dancing, swimming, sailing, walking her dog, biking, paddle boarding or doing yoga. Guiding others in finding joy and vitality in their own bodies through movement and intergenerational connections is what fuels her passion.