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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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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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Our annual Body Shift mixed-ability dance weekend is coming up Oct. 5-7th. We are seeing registrations come in, but as has been in the case in past years, I am not seeing my fellow trained dancers sign up- at least not very many. I think I need to say something…something that has been on my…

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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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Martha Graham choreographed a dance about Emily Dickinson and called it “Letter to the World.” Martha always came up with the best titles. So I stole one of them. So what have I been doing since we last talked? Since maybe that has been years for some of you (or never!) or just a few…

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Body Shift finally happened. After years of working towards it, we pulled off an entire weekend of mixed-ability dance. Over 50 dancers participated- about half identified as having a disability and half did not. It was an amazing gathering. Thoughtful teachers- all with diverse teaching styles- and a very enthusiastic group of dancers. Here are…

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