And They Danced!
Walk and Roll Dance Team
Friday, May 2: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 3: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, May 4: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
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?
You get the Walk and Roll Dance Team. 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 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 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."
the Walk and Roll Dance Team 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 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!
Want to find to out more about the Expo? Check out other must-see events and workshops!
Integrated Dance Performance and Workshop by marked dance project
Presented by marked dance project
11:30am - 12:00pm
Join us for a special performance by the marked dance project - an integrated contemporary-modern based dance company that includes dancers with and without disabilities. Their mission is to expose the art of dance to all individuals. Created in March of 2009 by Artistic Director Mark Travis Rivera, the project provides professional opportunities for disabled dancers and aims to expand the definition of dance. Learn more at markeddanceproject.com.
Therapeutic Movement Workshop: Dancing Beyond Disability
Sunday, May 4: 12:15 – 12:45 pm
"Dancing Beyond Disability" is the therapeutic use of movement to improve the mental and physical well being of a person. It focuses on the connection between the mind and body to promote health and healing. Attendees will have fun executing movement to different rhythms which showcases the exploration of motion and the freedom of expressions. Zazel will be available for 30 minutes following her event to sell copies of her DVD. Learn more at zazelchavah.net.
Wheelchair Ballroom Dancing Demonstration
Sunday, May 4: 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Music and dance combined bring people of all abilities together, and anything that brings people together is fun, social, and therapeutic. See a demo of wheelchair ballroom dancing and then it's your turn to learn some partner dance tips! This social dancing demo is for wheelchair users and non-users alike. Individuals and couples welcome. 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, visit Roll Call Wheelchair Dance on Facebook.
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