Articles from the ‘Essays’ collection

Vanessa Cruz in white long tutu dancing next to her walker

My Ancestor’s Wildest Dream

Vanessa Cruz, a dance artist based in Southern California, relates how she has faced relentless ableism in her pursuit of a dance degree and other opportunities, and how “making it” as a dancer with a disability is particularly challenging.

Danielle dancing with her face projected on the wall behind her

The Making It Mindset

Danielle Reddick, a performer in Santa Fe, NM, shares how she found a way to work creatively and sustainably after experiencing burnout from touring in a Broadway production.