• Boston Abilities Expo
    BOSTON
    September 18 - 20, 2015
    The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

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?

Auti Angel's Wheelchair Dance Workshop with DJ Skretch Boogie

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, Kaitlyn Staten, Kimberly Torreliza, Edna Serrano and Ali Stroker. You may know Stroker from Oxygen's The 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."

Auti Angel's Wheelchair Dance Workshop with DJ Skretch Boogie

The Walk and Roll Dance Team is presented by the Walk and Roll Foundation, which Hill founded with her father after she was paralyzed in an alcohol-related automobile accident. The mission of the foundation is to "help spinal cord injury survivors recreate their dreams, develop their talents and abilities, and live a full life within their reach."

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!

Adaptive DanceFIT/Zumba

Sunday, September 20, 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Presented by: Maryan Amaral, Wheelchair DanceFIT and Aero, Inc.

Location: Events Arena

Dance, get fit and have fun! Wheelchair DanceFIT incorporates adaptive Zumba and wheelchair dancing to create a workout that is effective and enjoyable. All ages and abilities are welcome to this inclusive class. Wheelchair DanceFit is a new program provided by Aero, Inc., an integrated physical abilities dance company based in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Learn more at www.aeroic.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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