• Adaptive Dancing
    August 3 - 5, 2018
    NRG Center, Hall E
    Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

And They Danced!

Here's what we did in 2017. Stay tuned for 2018!

Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.

The Rollettes Los Angeles Presents!
Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class
Pantomime Performing Troupe of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston

The Rollettes Los Angeles 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 Rollettes. 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 The Rollettes 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 The Rollettes 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. "These are all girls I've met 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."

Taking travel risks

Don't miss your chance to not only watch the The Rollettes 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!

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Presented by: Ayita Wheelchair Dance
Location: Events Arena

Ayita Wheelchair Dance Presentation and Class

Ayita is a dance class for children who use wheelchairs. Their mission is to inspire, encourage, and build confidence. Abilities Expo is thrilled to welcome these talented young dancers to the show. Join us for a performance and an open dance class. Ayita is located in Fort Worth, TX. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Ayitadance/.  

Pantomime Performing Troupe of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston

Presented by: Julithe Garrett, Artistic Director, Down Syndrome Association of Houston
Location: Events Arena


The Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) Pantomime Troupe has been entertaining the Houston community since 2010. The Troupe consists entirely of adults with Down syndrome who share a love of music, creative movement, and performing for others. Under the Artistic Direction of Julithe Garrett and his MimaShow, the Troupe has performed at Jones Hall, the Goodwill corporate offices, the Houston Buddy Walk, and various other DSAH events. Mr. Garrett has over 20 years of experience working with special-needs performers and enjoys giving them an opportunity to shine in their own way. He believes that learning to use gestures to communicate actions and emotions is particularly beneficial to individuals with Down syndrome, who often have some degree of speech impairment. Mr. Garrett has seen his students thrive and develop greater self-confidence as they learn and demonstrate Pantomime techniques and discover the depth of their inner creativity. Learn more at http://dsah.org/programs/pantomime-classes/. 

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