'Wheels Up!' New England Regional Convening

 
Jeremy Alliger, who produced the first International Festival of Wheelchair Dance in Boston in June 1997, reminisces with Judith Smith, co-founder and artistic director of AXIS Dance Company, while Kristen San Miguel of BDA and Daniela Jacobson of NEFA listen.

Jeremy Alliger, who produced the first International Festival of Wheelchair Dance in Boston in June 1997, reminisces with Judith Smith, co-founder and artistic director of AXIS Dance Company, while Kristen San Miguel of BDA and Daniela Jacobson of NEFA listen.

 

AXIS Dance Company's National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in May was a huge success, gathering leaders in the field, funders and presenters in the first meeting of its kind since 1997. Last month Boston Dance Alliance led the first of six follow-up regional convenings with 'Wheels Up! New England Town Hall on Physically Integrated Dance.' 

 
Dancer, actor and vocational rehabilitation expert with disabilities Elvar Ariza-Silva offers suggestions for inclusive practices, along with choreographer and professor Jody Weber, chair of the BDA’s Artists Advisory Panel

Dancer, actor and vocational rehabilitation expert with disabilities Elvar Ariza-Silva offers suggestions for inclusive practices, along with choreographer and professor Jody Weber, chair of the BDA’s Artists Advisory Panel

 

Excerpt from Boston Dance Alliance's 'Wheels Up!' website:

"Dancers, choreographers, presenters, arts administrators, disability activists, state arts accessibility program managers, medical and rehabilitation specialists, special education teachers and more were brought together from across the region to meet at the offices of our partner New England Foundation for the Arts — many for the first time.

We shared, we laughed, we brainstormed and we began to strategize about how to create an environment that encourages dancers of all types of ability to participate in the dance we love."

Read more on the Boston Dance Alliance website.

AXIS Co-Founder and Artistic Director Judith Smith and marathon champion Dr. Cheri Blauwet gave the keynote on 'Art and Athleticism,' moderated by Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash. Watch their keynote below:

 

Many thanks to Boston Dance Alliance, to National Convening consultants Jennifer Calienes and Debra Cash (Executive Director, Boston Dance Alliance), and to all those who participated in the New England Regional Convening.  

Throughout 2016, AXIS will partner with seven other organizations to produce five more regional convenings in the US. Read more about our regional convenings here.

Want to participate? Join the conversation by using #FPIDance, #Dance4All, and #uhaveabodyucandance on social media.