I'm Rebecca Fortelka, Guest Editor, and AXIS Dance Company board member. One of my favorite things to do is watch TED talks to learn about topics that are of interest to me. TED has a unique way of showcasing very interesting people and bring topics to life, which educate the world in new and innovative ways. Some of my favorite topics are dance, arts, culture, and disability. I love to share these videos I find interesting with friends, family, and colleagues. AXIS exists to change the face of dance and disability. One of the best ways I can help spread our mission is by engaging with the community and sharing knowledge. In this post, I will be sharing 3 different TED talks that have touched me and I feel truly embody what we at AXIS work so tirelessly to create. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn a little bit about dance culture, arts and disability via these captivating TED Talks.
First up is one of the first talks I ever watched, which was in 2009. This was a talk given by Mallika Sarabhai, entitled Dance to change the world. Mallika Sarabhai is a powerhouse of communication and the arts in India. Educated in business, she now leads the Darpana dance company, which works in the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi forms. She's also a writer, publisher, actor, producer, and anchorwoman. She believes that dance is a vehicle for social change and educating the masses.
Next up is a TED talk, also in 2009, that was given by Aimee Mullens entitled The Opportunity of Adversity. Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field. But it is in this talk that she redefines what the thesaurus defines as being disabled. This is a powerful talk because she truly is an advocate for all of us in the disabled community and breaks down barriers through her talent and drive.
Lastly, this is a fun and light-hearted TED talk given by Bruno Maisonnier in 2013 entitled Dance, tiny, robots! Masionnier creates and builds these tiny robots so they can be used in the near future to revolutionize the world and help people with the everyday tasks which will be perfect for those of us with disabilities.
I hope you enjoyed these TED talks and that you were able to learn more about the worlds of arts, culture, dance and disability. AXIS welcomes you to share your favorite inspiring videos pertaining to these topics.