And they Danced...
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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 (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 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 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!
Want to find to out more about the Expo? Check out other must-see events and workshops!
Presented by College of Adaptive Arts
Meet the talented, excited and inspired students who make up the "Showboaters" and the Hip Hop Performing Touring Troupe from the College of Adaptive Arts. We'll treat you to their newest performances. Then its your turn to learn a little Latizmo, a new hip hop style created by one of the College of Adaptive Arts' own instructors. The College of Adaptive Arts offers programs in the performing and visual arts to adults with differing abilities. Learn more at Learn more at www.collegeofadaptivearts.org.
Presented by AXIS Dance Company as seen on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance
Join us for a very special dance performance by AXIS Dance Company, one of the world's most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities. They will change the way you think about dance and the possibilities of the human body! Following the performance members of the company invite attendees to join them for a dance workshop. AXIS Dance offers studio dance classes for adults with and without disabilities regardless of experience. A similar program also exists for youth of all abilities. Come learn more at this live event or visit www.axisdance.org.