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.'
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."
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.
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