Dance in the Shadow Kit

A new free educational resource supporting topics related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Tolerance, Respect, and Social Responsibility for senior elementary and secondary students.

This kit is built around the video clips on the DVD-ROM Dance in the Shadow: The Unfolding Story of Rebecca Beayni . The videos introduce students to the mutually empowering experience of dance with someone who uses a wheelchair. 

The kit consists of 11 short videos and 6 PDFs, 5 of which have appendices in Word containing only the Questions for Students.  All users should begin with PDF 1, the Introduction. Other PDFs relate to 2015 learning expectations for:

  • Grade 6 Language and Social Studies
  • Grade 10 and 11 Arts (Dance)
  • Grade 11 Leadership/Peer support OR Guidance
  • Grade 10 Religion (Ontario Catholic curriculum)

The 6th PDF offers suggestions for use for Retreats and Conferences.

This kit is a collaboration of L’Arche Canada and Partners for Planning. All parts—videos and teacher’s guide--may be downloaded and used free of charge from this website or from  Alternatively, a hard copy of the DVD-ROM (containing all of the videos except that of John Delazzari and Michael Barrett) may be purchased through



Videos (click to open):

Teacher’s Guide and Questions for Students

1. Revel in the Light (12 min.)

2. John Delazzari and Michael Barrett (1:49 min.)

3. Dance Intro (3 min.)

4. I Can Dance!!! (2:30 min.)

5. Anna Bruno (5 min.)

6. Heryka Miranda (5 min.)

7. First Encounter (5:40 min.)

8. Gratitude (8 min.)

9. Massey Hall Dance (6 min.)

10. You Raise me Up (4:30 min.)

11. Dance in the Shadow (23 min.)

PDF 1 – Introduction (for all users)
Appendix 1: Questions for Students on PDF 1 (click here)

PDF 2 – for Grade 6 Language and Social Studies (suitable also for all students)
Appendix 2: Questions for Students on PDF 2 (click here)

PDF 3 – for Grade 10 and 11 Arts (Dance)
Appendix 3:  Questions for Students on PDF 3 (click here)

PDF 4 – for Grade 11 Leadership/Peer support OR Guidance
Appendix 4: Questions for Students  on PDF 4 (can link also to Appendix 3) (click here)

PDF 5—for Grade 10 Religion (Ontario Catholic schools)
Appendix 5 –Questions for Students on PDF 5 (click here)

PDF 6—for Retreats and Conferences

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