And They Danced!
Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!
Friday, September 18: 2:00 - 2:30pm (Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!)
Saturday, September 19: 2:00 - 2:30pm (Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!)
Sunday, September 20: 2:00 - 2:30pm (Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!)
What do you get when you take seven talented young dancers whose zest for life outpaces any challenges that come their way, including the life-altering events that put them on wheels?
You get the Walk and Roll Dance Team . And you can see them in hip-hopping, blood-pumping action at Abilities Expo!
In the tradition of wheelchair dancing troupes like Colours~n~Motion and AXIS Dance Company, the Walk and Roll Dance Team is revolutionizing the world of dance and dispelling antiquated notions of what it is to be a dancer. Their success and rising fame echo the sentiments of wheelchair dancer and Abilities Expo veteran Auti Angel when she says, "Dance is a state of mind and an attitude, not just a physical motion."
Led by Chelsie Hill, co-founder of the Walk and Roll Dance Team and featured character on the Sundance channel's hit docu-series Push Girls, the dancers were initially drawn to each other by their injuries, but continue to flourish and inspire because of their indomitable spirits and love of dance.
Hill's fellow dancers hail from coast to coast and include Maria Gast, Katie Estrella, Samantha Lopez, Kimberly Torreliza, Edna Serrano, Farah Musallam, Mekenzie McMillan and Ali Stroker. You may know Stroker from Oxygen'sThe Glee Project where she was a finalist in the summer of 2012.
"These are all girls I've met the last two years since being injured," said Hill. "These girls have gone through some pretty traumatic things like their injuries, but they have all switched it around to being completely positive. We all love to dance, so we decided to start a team with all seven of us. It's pretty cool."
The Walk and Roll Dance Team is presented by the Walk and Roll Foundation, which Hill founded with her father, Jon Hill, after she was paralyzed in an alcohol-related automobile accident. The mission of the foundation is to Educate parents and teenagers on distracted driving, acceptance of others and making healthy and positive choices through our Distinguished Speaker Program, Inspire those with a different ability to recreate their dreams and live full lives, through our Wheelchair Dance Team performances, support groups and mentoring, Provide advice and resources to help improve the quality of life for persons affected by a disability and their families and give individuals, with a disability, the chance to receive the semi-annual Chelsie Hill Grant award."
Don't miss your chance to not only watch the Walk and Roll Dance Team tear up the dance floor, but also learn a couple hot, hip-hop moves yourself! The Team is looking forward to meeting you at Abilities Expo!
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