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,…

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…

hi lovely dancers, We have been working hard to pull together some exciting NEW plans for Body Shift in 2013—based very much on your feedback and input. Monthly Elements Class! Our 3rd Saturday of the month class will continue, but the focus will be on reaching the beginner or person who is new to dance. See…

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…

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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