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#DanceForInclusion

September 1, 2017

Dancing is an important part of being human. For some, it’s about artistic expression, and for others it’s about having fun. For Infinite Flow: A Wheelchair Dance Company, it’s a powerful tool for making social change.

 Infinite Flow founder, Marisa Hamamoto, recognizes that we all have a need to be included, and deep down we all have a strong desire to include others. However, even in a diverse country like the USA, there is still much exclusion and discrimination, and we oftentimes see inclusion advocacy practiced through bitterness and violence.

Inclusion Flow is changing this by redefining, rebranding and reinventing disability, and making inclusion look cool through #DanceForInclusion. Initiated as #InfiniteInclusion in November 2016 and renamed #DanceForInclusion, it is a social movement to mass market inclusion through dance and innovation, creating infinite opportunities.

#DanceForInclusion refers to inclusion in a broad sense. It’s not only a movement advocating for people with disabilities, but also about advocating for other minorities groups (different ethnic & religious groups, LGBTQ, etc), as well as simply including someone at the lunch table or in a conversation at a party. It’s about breaking down barriers everywhere: at work, school, media, entertainment, pop culture, politics, literature, beauty, employment, travel, architecture, transportation, city development, etc.

The movement has taken off. Videos of Infinite Dance’s beautifully choreographed Flashmobs have gone viral. Watch their first Flashmob from December 2016 below.  

The next #DanceForInclusion Flash Mob is on September 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. Click here for more information. 

Infinite Flow was founded in 2015 by Hamamoto, a professional ballroom dancer who was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down with a rare spinal cord disease in 2006, with the mission to empower people through dance, human connection, and inclusion. Through building Infinite Flow from scratch, she realized that it was more than a dance company, but also a vehicle for social and systematic change.

Listen to Jennifer Piatt, PhD, share information on finding recreational programs, such as adaptive dance, after spinal cord injury.

 

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