“A goal of mine is to reduce barriers and create more connection between people with and without disabilities.” Kris Lenzo, a dancer with MOMENTA in Chicago, shares how education is key to creating more understanding about disability.
Erik Ferguson: “Dancing is How the Body Learns”
"My entire art practice now is centered on survival." Portland based anti-virtuoso movement artist Erik Ferguson discusses how he has found more access and freedom in fringe dance…
Suzanne Cowan: “I Can’t Be Reduced to One Thing”
"I can’t be reduced to one thing, like being abled or disabled." New Zealand based dance artist Suzanne Cowan shares her view of how the body is part of a rich ecology and how…
Kelcie Laube: “It’s About the Relationship”
Oregon-based DanceAbility teacher and performer Kelcie Laube offers her perspective on how "having people who have a disability in a performance shouldn’t be a special thing. It…
Alexandria Wailes: “Let Us Move!”
"We don’t have time for this inspiration narrative anymore. Let us move!" Alexandria Wailes describes her experience navigating both hearing and Deaf environments throughout her…
“In South Africa, 90 percent of the time I am the only person with a wheelchair in dance classes.” Christelle Dreyer describes her experience and insights being one of only a handful of dancers who use a wheelchair in her country.
“I started AXIS’ commissioning program out of selfishness. I wanted new motivation and I wanted to be pushed.” Judith Smith, founding member and artistic director emerita, reflects on how AXIS Dance Company grew and eventually shaped the field of disability in dance.
“People think that dance is some kind of hobby or cute inspirational thing. No dude, I’m cutthroat; this is my career.” New York City-based Krishna Washburn discusses her experience as a visually impaired professional dancer as part of the Discussing Disability in Dance Project.
“If we increase the variety of participation, we will all be able to create in a way that feels sustainable.” New York City-based Jeron Herman shares how more artists with disabilities are needed in more contexts so the field doesn’t become a monolith.