In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Douglas Scott, artistic director of Full Radius Dance in Atlanta, Georgia. Silva and Douglas discuss, among other things, the importance and challenge of transposing movement for bodies of different abilities, the choice of the word “transposing” and how it is borrowed from music, the need for a university dance program that welcomes disabled students, and the development of the Dance and Disability Affinity Group with Judith Smith (found of AXIS Dance Company) and Dance/USA.
Full Radius Dance, © marcosGpunto / Centro Dramático Nacional
Douglas Scott, photo by Bubba Carr
Douglas Scott discovered dance upon entering Western Kentucky University to earn a BFA in Performing Arts. After graduation, he moved to Atlanta and spent several seasons with different dance companies. He began his exploration of physically integrated dance technique in 1993, and this interest led to the creation, with co-founder Ardath Prendergast, of E=motion in 1995. In 1998, Dance Force and E=motion merged to create Full Radius Dance. As the primary choreographic voice for Full Radius Dance, Douglas has created numerous dance works for the company. Douglas is also the founder of the Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival which showcases the best modern and contemporary dance companies and artists in the southeast. The festival has been produced annually since 1995. A respected teacher for over 30 years, Douglas has extensive experience in teaching classes and workshops in modern and modern-based physically integrated dance for numerous schools, organizations and conferences.
To learn more, visit fullradiusdance.org.