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In order to enhance our practice of moving together we have invited guest artist, Lauren Tietz, to teach movement from a somewhat different perspective. She will offer an exploration of Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores which, similar to the DanceAbility method, uses more open directives to allow freedom to move in ways that feel good to…

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Body Shift is hosting award-winning director, choreographer and media artist Stephan Koplowitz September 15-24 to create a site specific work for people of all abilities.  His residency will take place here in Austin culminating in a performance September 23rd and 24th at centrally located Sparky Park! The Sparky Park project is a creative laboratory and…

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A Note from Silva: This is my very first blog post. I’m a little nervous about it. If I could dance it to you, I would. Here, isn’t everything possible nowadays? insert video here Dancing and movement have always been part of my life. First as a classical ballet, then different modern dance techniques and…

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                                                                                                                              Photo by Camille Wheeler   At one point during the post-show talk back Peggy Lamb leaned in to me. “Talk about our process,” she whispered. You know, really, yes, it’s a fair call: I tend to wish a dance piece to stand on its own and learn how it landed in spite of process,…

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In December of 2013 Forklift Danceworks, in collaboration with VSA Texas, hosted a weekend long intensive with Alito Alessi through our mixed-ability dance program, Body Shift.  Who better to engage with movers of different abilities, backgrounds, and experience than one of the founders of a technique based in inclusivity and equality for all movers!  Alito…

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Rita Mathis, a student of mine and a Body Shift participant, wrote this essay regarding her work in mixed-ability dance. I just love how she writes and what she says. One of my favorite insights: “The mixed abilities dance workshops serve to show people that they are complete by virtue of being themselves.” Enjoy! “Que…

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