Tag: dancers with disabilities

CBS’s “Big Brother” Cast Member Britini D’Angelo Opens Up About Dancing With Autism

At 22 months old, Britini D’Angelo was diagnosed with autism—a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. When she was 5, her parents enrolled her in dance lessons at The Dance Shop Dance Studio in Niagara Falls, New York. In that setting, D’Angelo was able to escape the stigma associated with […]

Rollettes Founder Chelsie Hill Shares How Dance Teachers Can Better Support Students With Disabilities

Chelsie Hill was just 17 years old when she was a passenger in a drunk-driving collision that paralyzed her from the waist down. A competition dancer with aspirations for a professional career, Hill grieved what seemed like the loss of her dreams on top of a torrent of mental and emotional hurdles. “It was challenging […]

Kitty Lunn Transposes Techniques to Work for Dancers With Disabilities

As a young dancer training with The Washington Ballet, Kitty Lunn fantasized about having a bone transplant. “I was a small person and I wanted to be a tall person,” she says. One day in class, her teacher, dance legend Agnes de Mille, took Lunn’s face in her hands and said, “Kitty, dear, you have […]

Ask the Experts: How Do I Better Include Students With Disabilities in My K–12 Class?

Q: How do you approach a K–12 class when one of your students has a disability? A: Growing up watching my deaf sister get left out of conversations made me sensitive to ensuring everyone in my classroom feels included. If you have a student who is disabled, you’ll need to put in a little extra […]

Educating Dancers with Disabilities

Last night, I experienced the third town hall forum in Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry. series. Before taking questions from the audience, panelists Victoria Marks and David Dorfman talked with moderator Alice Sheppard about the challenges and joys of educating dancers with disabilities. Moderator Alice Sheppard (dance artist/advocate), David Dorfman (Professor of Dance/Chair of Dance Department at Connecticut College), Victoria […]