Everybody who is in a body can DANCE and move – it’s a right we all have

April 21, 2018

Co-Founder of AXIS Dance Company

International Dance Day is April 29th. Here in Northern California we have Bay Area Dance Week with all types of free dance classes and performances. As Judith Smith, co-founder of the physically integrated dance company, AXIS, says, “Everybody who is in a body can dance and move — it’s a right we all have.” And that is the message of this podcast episode.

Years ago when I held my first dance marathon to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association a banner hung with the slogan, “Dance for those who can’t”

Fundraising event for MDA held in a mall in North Miami Beach, Florida ~ 1978

and that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. The AXIS Dance Company has included artists with physical disabilities, commissioned award-winning choreographers and composers, toured 100+ cities, and appeared on Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. Opportunities for adaptive dance exist from here — BORP’s World Dance for All — to North Carolina where Mindy Kim teaches chair dancing.

Leia Cash, a lifelong dancer and educator, teaches adaptive dance classes at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, adults with Parkinson’s disease, and seniors at a residential facility.


2 comments on “Everybody who is in a body can DANCE and move – it’s a right we all have

  1. Here in NC we are having A World Dance Day event on April 29th as well https://www.facebook.com/events/958146841022065/ We will ecen be practicing a dance for a flsh mob dance for National Dance Day July 29th! There are things going on all over so you should ckeck out what’s going on in your area too! EveryBody Can Dance!

  2. Good on Leah ‘dancing herself cheerful’ when she had a health issue! State of mind can so be effected by movement and rhythm – thanks for a great podcast and inspiring guests.

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