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Hello, friends!  This is Olivia, project coordinator for Body Shift, VSA Texas’ and Forklift Danceworks’ acclaimed mixed-ability dance project.  Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month Body Shift offers a class we call Elements in which we practice improvisational dance in an inclusive way by using the DanceAbility method.  You can find a general…

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The Dance/USA 2016 Annual Conference took place here in Austin three weeks ago from Wednesday, June 8th to Saturday, June 11th. What a week of meaningful conversations involving the current state of dance as well as many opportunities to awaken our personal embodied practices through movement classes and performances. There are specific sessions that have…

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Two weeks ago Olivia and I flew to NYC for the 2016 convening on the future of integrated dance in the US organized by AXIS Dance Company (axisdance.org).  We were excited to meet many people that we had read about, seen their work and listened to their talks about mixed-ability dance.  There were 46 people…

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Hello, friends!  This is Olivia, project coordinator for Body Shift, VSA Texas’ and Forklift Danceworks acclaimed mixed-ability dance project.  Since Body Shift began six years ago, it has morphed from a three day intensive once a year to an on-going project that now offers intensives with guest artists that are leaders in the field of…

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Hello, friends!  This is Olivia, project coordinator for Body Shift, VSA Texas’ acclaimed mixed-ability dance project.  I can’t believe it was 12 years ago that Silva, who is originally from Finland, and I first met in the DanceAbility course in Trier, Germany.  By good fortune we are now here in Austin teaching together.  The DanceAbility…

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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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