Discussing Disability in Dance Book

One in four people in the US has a disability that impacts a major part of their life according to a 2018 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breadth of Bodies: Discussing Disability in Dance asks: What if the dance world reflected that statistic?

Cover of book

Image description: The cover of “Breadth of Bodies: Discussing Disability in Dance” against a wood table

Breadth of Bodies: Discussing Disability in Dance seeks to investigate stereotypes often used to describe professional dancers with disabilities. Spearheaded by Emmaly Wiederholt and Silva Laukkanen with illustrations by visual artist Liz Brent-Maldonado, the team interviewed 35 professional dance artists with disabilities around the country and world, asking about training, access, and press, as well as looking at the state of the field.

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Details: Authored by Emmaly Wiederholt and Silva Laukkanen, illustrations by Liz Brent-Maldonado, design by Christelle Dreyer, edited by Donne Lewis and April Adams, audiobook narrated by Sami Kekäläinen

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The dancers interviewed:

Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt: “I Want to Inspire People with Good Dance”

Illustration of Redo doing a handstand

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Yulia Arakelyan: “It’s Not ‘Despite,’ It’s Because Of Our Unique Bodies”

Yulia Arakelyan illustration

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Marc Brew: “I Claim It: I Am A Disabled Man”
Marc Brew illustration
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Hai Cohen: “I Would Like to See Good Dance, Period”

Hai Cohen illustration

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Sidiki Conde: “Dance Is About Happiness”
Sidiki Conde illustration
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Hanna Cormick: “Not What My Body Does, But What My Body Is”

Illustration of Hanna Cormick

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Suzanne Cowan: “I Can’t Be Reduced to One Thing”

Illustration of Suzanne Cowan

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Charlene Curtiss: “They’re Missing the Best Part”

Charlene Curtiss illustration

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Christelle Dreyer: “We Have to Prove We Can Move”

Illustration of Christelle Dreyer

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Erik Ferguson: “Dancing is How the Body Learns”

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Nastija Fijolič: “Judge Me as A Dancer, Not as A Wheelchair Dancer”

Nastija Fijolič illustration

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Kayla Hamilton: “Do I Need To Name It?”

Kayla Hamilton illustration

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Jerron Herman: “A Political Understanding of Disability”

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Antoine Hunter: “I Move My Body and I Communicate”
Antoine Hunter illustration
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Lusi Insiati: “To Be Accepted as We Are”

Lusi Insiati's illustration

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Isabel Cristina Jiménez: “Dance is Freedom”

Illustration of Isabel Cristina Jiménez

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Maika Karhunen: “I Can Make Space For Myself”

Maija Karhunen illustration

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Kelcie Laube: “It’s About The Relationship”

Illustration of Kelcie Laube
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Laurel Lawson: “We’re Fighting for Artistic Acceptance”
Laurel Lawson illustration
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Jung Soo “Krops” Lee: “Disability Isn’t Only What You See”

Illustration of Krops

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Kris Lenzo: “An Opportunity to Educate”

Kris Lenzo illustration

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Kitty Lunn: “I’m Waiting for the World to Catch Up with Me”
Kitty Lunn illustration
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Toby MacNutt: “It’s Both And”

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Kazuyo Morita: “We Need Role Models”

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Luca Patuelli: “Dance Can Be Organically Inclusive”

Illustration of Lucy Patuelli

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Mark Travis Rivera: “The Nuances of Multi-Identity”
Mark Travis Rivera illustration
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Evan Ruggiero: “Just Another Hustling Artist”
Evan Ruggiero illustration
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Hannah Sampson: “How We Respect and Treat Each Other”
Hannah Sampson illustration
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Bill Shannon: “Space, Light, Time, and The Human Condition”
Bill Shannon illustration
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Alice Sheppard: “I Want to Build a Network of Legacy”
Alice Sheppard illustration
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Judith Smith: “Making Physically Integrated Work Part of The Dance Canon”

Judith Smith illustration

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Mary Verdi-Fletcher: “Blazing the Trail”

Illustration of Mary Verdi-Fletcher

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Alexandria Wailes: “Let Us Move!”

Alexandria Wailes illustration

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Krishna Washburn: “I’m Cutthroat; This is My Career”

Illustration of Krishna Washburn

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Elizabeth Winkelaar: “We’re Blowing Disability Out of the Water”
Elizabeth Winkelaar illustration
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