"...the reasons why I danced before my disability were because I loved it. I loved being in my body. I loved expressing myself physically. Music is a big part of what inspires me. None of that has changed.
However, what I thought of as dance changed drastically. I was more rigid in my thinking when I didn’t have my disability. I thought I had to have a certain body type and do as the teacher said to do. There wasn’t a lot of room for creativity and individuality… after becoming disabled I didn’t think I could dance because I held on to that image. It was actually after taking a contact improvisation class when I began to think that maybe dance was possible again, because contact relies on other people. Previously my dancing was more individual, whereas after that experience I began to work with other people. It actually expanded my possibilities rather than limited them." Read the rest of the article here.
This quote is taken from a lovely feature by Emmaly Wiederholt on Bonnie Lewkowicz, a founding member of AXIS, and is featured on Emmaly's blog Stance on Dance.
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