• Los Angeles Abilities Expo
    LOS ANGELES
    March 6 - 8, 2015
    Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

And They Danced!

Here's what we did in 2014. Stay tuned for 2015! 

Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!
Wheelchair Social Dancing
"I Won't Give Up" - a Dance Performance by Donna Russo
Auti Angel's Wheelchair Dance Workshop (Cancelled)

Walk and Roll Dance Team (Formerly Known as Team Hotwheelz) Presents!

What do you get when you take seven talented young dancers whose zest for life outpaces any challenges that come their way, including the life-altering events that put them on wheels?

Walk and Roll Dance Team

You get the Walk and Roll Dance Team (Formerly Known as Team Hotwheelz) (Formerly Team Hotwheelz). And you can see them in hip-hopping, blood-pumping action at Abilities Expo!

In the tradition of wheelchair dancing troupes like Colours~n~Motion and AXIS Dance Company, the Walk and Roll Dance Team (Formerly Known as Team Hotwheelz) is revolutionizing the world of dance and dispelling antiquated notions of what it is to be a dancer. Their success and rising fame echo the sentiments of wheelchair dancer and Abilities Expo veteran Auti Angel when she says, "Dance is a state of mind and an attitude, not just a physical motion."

Led by Chelsie Hill, 20-year-old co-founder of the Walk and Roll Dance Team (Formerly Known as Team Hotwheelz) and featured character on the Sundance channel's hit docu-series Push Girls, the dancers were initially drawn to each other by their injuries, but continue to flourish and inspire because of their indomitable spirits and love of dance.

Hill's fellow dancers hail from coast to coast and include Maria Gast, Katie Estrella, Kaitlyn Staten, Kimberly Torreliza, Edna Serrano and Ali Stroker. You may know Stroker from Oxygen's The Glee Project where she was a finalist in the summer of 2012.

"These are all girls I've met the last two years since being injured," said Hill. "These girls have gone through some pretty traumatic things like their injuries, but they have all switched it around to being completely positive. We all love to dance, so we decided to start a team with all seven of us. It's pretty cool."

Walk and Roll Dancers

the Walk and Roll Dance Team (Formerly Known as Team Hotwheelz) is presented by the Walk and Roll Foundation, which Hill founded with her father after she was paralyzed in an alcohol-related automobile accident. The mission of the foundation is to "help spinal cord injury survivors recreate their dreams, develop their talents and abilities, and live a full life within their reach."

Don't miss your chance to not only watch the Walk and Roll Dance Team (Formerly Known as Team Hotwheelz) tear up the dance floor, but also learn a couple hot, hip-hop moves yourself! The Team looking forward to meeting you at Abilities Expo!

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Wheelchair Social Dancing

Learn wheelchair dancing from the first organization to offer classes in Southern California!

First, sit back and enjoy two great dance routines including A Group tango Dance, a smooth Foxtrot and a fiery Salsa. Then it's your turn to learn some steps! Join our newest dance member G-lo (4yrs old) and Kiki (6yrs old) as they lead our all-inclusive hip-hop routine. Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to join us to learn some steps and put together a Flash Mob performance! Able-bodied individuals are welcomed! Wheelchair Dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability and includes individuals using manual or power chairs with varying levels of ability.

Learn more at www.wheelchairdancers.org.

Want to find to out more about the Expo? Check out other must-see events and workshops!

 

"I Won't Give Up" - a Dance Performance by Donna Russo

Presented by Dancers Donna Russo, Tara Nicole Hughes, and Kelleia Sheerin, Concept and Choreography by Tam Warner

Donna Russo has danced for nearly all of her life. Over the past seven years, muscular dystrophy has taken away much of her ability to move. Despite her condition, Donna's passion for dance stays alive in her heart. See the performance that inspired the YouTube video. Attendees will be encouraged to join in with their own dancing as well.

 

Auti Angel's Wheelchair Dance Workshop
We regret that due to a recent injury, Auti Angel's Wheelchair Dance Workshop has been cancelled for this year. As Auti says, "Unfortunately, I don't have the Elvis swivel hips to make the workshop happen this year, however, I do have the humor and inspiration to keep pushing beyond obstacles!" Auti is on the mend and will be at the show to meet and talk with fans on Saturday, March 1 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in near the Events Arena. Follow Auti at www.Facebook.com/thisisautiangel.

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