Dancing together

 

What do Guatemala City, Belgrade and Miami have in common? These cities have solid organizations that teach and present mixed-ability dance; a movement form dedicated to the expression of dancers with different abilities.

I recently had the opportunity to work as a Miami dance artist with these organizations that support the common denominator of difference. Different abilities, languages and cultures were the norm; what we had in common was the expression of movement.

In Belgrade, the group Hajde Da (Let’s Go) invited me to be part of a process where 26 people from four different Balkan countries united to dance.

In Guatemala City, Alas de Libertad (the Wings of Freedom) called on the troupe Karen Peterson and Dancers for workshops. Both groups use dance, theater and visual arts to reach out to poor, incarcerated, street, disabled and disenfranchised communities.

Karen Peterson and Dancers is grateful for the invitation to share our work around the world, and I thank Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Exhange Fund.

Karen Peterson Corash, artistic director, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Miami

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