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!
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. "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."
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 foundation's mission of the foundation is to educate parents and teenagers on distracted driving and encourage the acceptance of others and making healthy and positive choices through our Distinguished Speaker Program," said Hill. "We hope to inspire those with a different ability to recreate their dreams and live full lives, through our Wheelchair Dance Team performances, support groups and mentoring. Likewise, we provide advice and resources to help improve the quality of life for persons affected by a disability and their families as well as 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!