About Miriam

Miriam Schacter, Registered Psychotherapist and founder of danceABILITIES™ is a dance-intervention consultant and accessible-dance instructor. Miriam has been dancing since the age of 4 and has been trained in styles such as musical theatre, ballroom, modern/contemporary, ballet, contact improv, jazz and so on. With 3-years experience as a physiotherapy assistant in hospitals and clinics and 9-years training in psychodynamic and body inclusive psychotherapy, Miriam is delighted to offer much needed movement programs committed to our communities, medical centres, research studies, and the arts.


Current, In Private Practice; Current (since 2009), danceABILITIES™ Accessible-dance programs in community, long-term  care facilities, adult day-programs (Dementia and Alzheimers) and research-based studies

Program Consultant, Choreographer, Instructor for “Let’s Boogie: Can Dance Programs Help People with Lung Disease?” (University of Toronto/West Park Healthcare Centre; Dr. Dina Brooks; Dr. Kara Patterson)

2018, Presenter First International Symposium for Dance and Well-Being                      2016-2018, Project Manager, DWP Intergenerational Dance Project
2016, Presenter “First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being: Collaboratively Advancing Research and Practice”
2016-17, Program Consultant, Choreographer, Instructor for “I Love to Boogie”: An Investigation of the Feasibility of a Dance Program to Improve Gait and Balance Post-Stroke (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, Dr. Kara Patterson)
2015, Co-choreographer, Instructor for Sheridan Centre for Elder Research: Dancing with Parkinson’s “A pilot evaluation of a specialized dance program for individuals with Parkinson’s”
2014, Choreographer, Instructor for Arthritis Society’s National “Move It” Campaign and subsequent walk-a-thons

2008-2017 Dancing with Parkinson’s


fullsizeoutput_17ecPrevious Clients:  Aphasia Institute, March of Dimes Stroke Survivor Groups, York University Dance Sciences, Branson Place Day Program, Greenview Lodge, Vallyview Day Program, Fudger House, U of T Physiotherapy, Dancing with Parkinson’s (incl. Sheridan Elder Research Center, Center for Movement Disorders, North York Seniors Center and Baycrest), UHN “Let’s Boogie: Dance and Lung Disease,” UHN “I Love to Boogie”, UHN Groove-D 2018, Toronto Western COPD Support Group and so on.