A Spectrum of Abilities
My current research revolves around the dancing body with disability. I am exploring this research in scholarship, in dance, and in classroom practice. I’m seeking expand the field of dance in a way that makes room on the stage for nontraditional movers. Below I have compiled some resources for further exploration if you're interested in dance and disability artistry.
A choreographic work made in collaboration between Christine and Melissa Hands. The piece is about their relationship as sisters, but doesn't hide the fact that Christine and Melissa, in spite of sharing most of the same DNA, have incredibly different abilities and challenges as movers.
You can view the full work here
Dance Film in Progress
Another joint project with Christine and Melissa Hands, this dance film is seeking to find the choreographic voice of two dancing sisters, one who dances on a seat and one who dances on her feet.
Some Resources for Dance Teachers:
Making an Entrance by Adam Benjamin (co-founder of Candoco)
Brain Compatible Dance Education by Anne Green Gilbert
Some Inclusive Dance Companies:
Other Great Resources:
FIXED, a documentary about adaptive devices
A great conversation with Judith Smith and John Killacky that includes suggestions for working with peoples with disabilities
Bill Shannon, a disabled artist from Pittsburgh
Josh Blue, a comic with cerebral palsy
Christine Hands is available for educational presentations on dance and disability, as well as mixed ability/ inclusive workshops and classes. Contact me! I would love to hear your ideas about dance and disability.