(Un)expected: A Dance Project

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This video was made during the creative process of (Un)expected. I was awarded funding in the spring of 2013 from the Arts & Humanities Council of the United Kingdom to explore the impact dance could have on society’s views on disability.

This project was created over a five week period with dancers of varying “disabilities” as well as one able-bodied dancer. As the project developed, the cast changed and I was added to the cast. This actually turned out to be a good thing because I was able to embody the experience rather than strictly observe it.

We performed in various places around Belfast such as City Hall, Queen’s University Students’ Union, Great Victoria Street Station, and Central Station. The aim was to bring awareness of disability in dance to the community. This project informed initial research for my PhD in Social Anthropology which is still a work in progress.

It is projects like these I aim to develop after attending the Disability Teaching Course in Vienna this summer. If you have not donated yet, the information can be found here:

https://inkydancer.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/every-penny-counts/

Dance Snack: The Cornells

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I’m so thankful to have these people in my life, especially to be able to call them family. I’ve been fortunate enough to make up for lost time by sharing my life with them. I look forward to many more experiences to bring us even closer.

FUNdraiser Update

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Hello, dance enthusiasts and incredible supporters!

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I just wanted to check in with you regarding my fundraising project for the 2014 Disability Dance Certification Course.  As of now, I’m nearly halfway to my deposit!  I will need the full deposit to secure my spot in July.  I have about three more months to submit my application, so if you have any pennies to spare I’d love to have them!!

Total as of now: $315.51

Amount needed by application deadline: $700.00 ($384.49 to go)

I’m so lucky to have a list of videos to make!  I will be making three videos in the next couple of days.  I hope to knock out two of them today.  I’m afraid video making will have to wait for the weekends because of my full-time teaching position.  If nothing else, it gives me something to look forward to 🙂  Thanks again for your support!

I want to take this opportunity to thank my amazing supporters who have gotten me this far:

Ron Guyer and Ruben Montano

The Guzman Family

Stephanie Guerrero

Heather Rubin

Melody Anderson

The Cornells

Kristin Pedemonti

THANK YOU!!!!

Dance Snack: Kristin Pedemonti

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My fourth video already!! I’m so excited to dedicate a video to my Couchsurfing, storytelling friend, Kristin! It’s so hard to imagine a valuable friendship has grown from me reaching out to her after watching a TED video. I’m so honored to be so loved!