And They Danced!
Here's what we did in 2016. Stay tuned for 2017!
Wheelchair Social Dancing
Learn wheelchair dancing from the first organization to offer all-inclusive dance classes in Southern California! This year we are performing each day of the Expo and will feature a mix of different adaptive dances. Sit back and enjoy some great dance routines including a smooth fox-trot, sizzling Tango, a wild Bachata, a fiery Salsa, an interpretive dance routine and more. Our youngest wheelchair dancers, Angelo (age 6), Emma (age 7), and Adriana (age 8), will have you smiling and clapping your hands to their lively hip hop routine. Then it's your turn to learn some fantastic dance moves! Everyone is invited to join us as we create a high-energy, Flash Mob routine, be part of the moment! See you on the dance floor!
To view more adaptive dancing visit us at www.wheelchairdancer.org.
Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop" featuring DJ Stretch Boogie
Saturday, February 6: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Presented by Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador"
As the Abilities Expo's "Dancebassador," Auti Angel is committed to keep Wheelchair Dancing as the popular activity it has become, while turning it into the sport it deserves to be. Auti Angel is the pioneer of Wheelchair Hip-Hop Dancing and has inspired others to unite in this movement. She is the founder of Colours~N~Motion Dance Crew with partner Mia Schaikewitz and former dance crew members Chelsie Hill, Katie Estrella, Kaitlyn Staten and Ali Stroker who have since ventured on to form the amazing Walk and Roll Dance Team.
Auti states, "I am so honored to have been given a gift that I can share with others. When I first got injured in 1992, there wasn't anyone I could look to in helping me get back to what I loved doing; and that was DANCE! But once a dancer, always a dancer...so I taught myself how to make my wheelchair work for me as a part of my expression. I then decided to teach others how to do the same while coaching them to express their own inner greatness!"
Auti will start by sharing a dance demonstration with attendees, but then it's YOUR turn to play with some moves as she leads you in her all inclusive FreeStyle Dance Workshop, featuring music spun by DJ STRETCH BOOGIE.
Attendees of all ages and mobility levels are welcome to learn fun dance moves they can take away to use wherever their hearts desire. Auti teaches everyone that dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability; and includes individuals using both manual and power wheelchairs.
You don't want to miss this unique demonstration and a chance to dance your heart out! Who knows, you might even get the opportunity to be a Backup Dancer during a surprise performance by Auti with her new hit song "PARTY OF THE YEAR!" due to be released on her debut album this summer.
Walk and Roll Dance Team Presents!
Friday, February 5: 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Presented by: Walk and Roll Dance Team and Foundation
Kick off the day with a high-energy, live performance by the Walk and Roll Foundation's incredible wheelchair dance team. The dance team performs unique and captivating routines across the country as well as sharing their stories of adversity and how through determination and high spirits they've gone on with their lives to fulfill their dreams to dance. Following the performance it's your turn! Everyone will have a chance to get out on the dance floor and learn some moves. Follow the Team and learn more about them at www.walkandrollfoundation.org.Pre-Register for Abilities Expo Today...It's Free!