And They Danced!
Here's what we did in 2018. Stay tuned for 2019!
Please check back three months
before the Expo for the new schedule.
Auti Angel's "FreeStyle Dance Workshop"
Presented by: Auti Angel, Abilities Expo "Dancebassador", star of Sundance Channel's Push Girls
Friday, January 19: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Saturday, January 20: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
Sunday, January 21: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
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.
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.
Follow Auti along with fellow CHAIRlies Angels Angela Rockwood and Mia Schaikewitz at www.facebook.com/chairliesangels/ and on Instagram at @chairlies_angels
You can also watch her in starring roles in the film Musical Chairs and on the Sundance Channel's hit docu-series Push Girls.
Sunday, January 23: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Presented by: Wheel Dance
Location: Events Arena
Wheelchair dancing is a fun, social and therapeutic activity. Wheel Dance, the hub for social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance in Canada, will demonstrate the excitement of ballroom dance with several performances. Then it's your turn to join them on the dance floor for a mini lesson. All abilities are welcome! Wheelchair dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and ability, includes manual and power wheelchair users, and conveys many benefits to dancers.
Learn more: www.wheeldance.ca