Body Shift project coordinator, Olivia O’Hare here to share some thoughts regarding our upcoming annual intensive, Patterns of Disruption with Sandra Paola, which will take place June 2-3, 2018. Paola’s focus lies at the intersection of dance and social justice/access/inclusion/diversity. This got me thinking about what social justice means within the context of Body Shift…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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