Discussing Disability in Dance Project

One in four people in the US have a disability that impacts a major part of their life according to a 2018 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What if the dance world reflected that statistic?

The Discussing Disability in Dance Book Project seeks to investigate and dismantle the language and stereotypes often used to describe professional dancers with disabilities. Spearheaded by Emmaly Wiederholt (founder/editor of Stance on Dance) and Silva Laukkanen (dance educator and disability advocate) with illustrations by visual artist Liz Brent-Maldonado, the team has been compiling interviews with various professional dance artists with disabilities around the country and world since 2017, asking about training, access and press, as well as looking at the state of the field.

From February 1st through March 11th, 2021, the Discussing Disability in Dance Book Project is raising $5,000 to complete and publish a hard copy of the book. We hope to make the book available for purchase late 2021 or early 2022.

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The Interviewees:

YULIA ARAKELYAN: “It’s Because of Our Unique Bodies That We Are the Amazing Dancers We Are”

Yulia Arakelyan illustration

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MARC BREW: “I Claim It: I Am A Disabled Man”Marc Brew illustration
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SIDIKI CONDE: “Dance Is About Happiness”Sidiki Conde illustration
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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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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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MAIJA 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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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”Toby MacNutt illustration
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MARK TRAVIS RIVERA: “I’m Interested in the Nuances of Multi-Identity”Mark Travis Rivera illustration
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EVAN RUGGIERO: “I’m 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: “Dance is Space, Time, Light, 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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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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