PUSHLiving Podcast 013 | So you Wanna Dance? Marisa Hamamoto Infinite Flow A Wheelchair Dance Company

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So what happens when you are a dancer, professionally or in training and you suddenly and unexpectedly become paralyzed?

Well, that is the story of our next guest. It also happens to be a story I share with her and has made me feel a strong connection to her.

The difference is, Marisa Hamamoto’s paralysis was temporary.

Her paralysis may have gone away, but the impact of that experience set the stage for what was to come, a story that will impress you and make you reconsider what you may have felt was impossible.

Marisa’s is a story of passion and destiny and resolve. During our interview, you may want to ask yourself: what has your disability taught you…and what do you feel is your purpose and destiny.

Let us begin with her Motto:

Everyone Deserves to Dance! Everyone Can Dance! Dance is Transformational! We All Have a Dancer Inside of Us!

Please welcome the founder of the LA-based Wheelchair Dance Company Infinite Flow, Marisa Hamamoto

Marisa will discuss the purpose of creating this program and explain what the Dance Company is comprised of currently.

“We all have experienced exclusion, and everybody deserves to be able to participate.”

“Dance is more about the heart than the “how.” Just start dancing. Dance is more about translating the meaning of the step than the adaptation.”

Some questions that will be answered during this Podcast include:

  • What are some of the challenges you have faced and currently face in building this program and company in your community?
  • What has been your experience in seeing how people with disabilities feel impacted by dance?
  • How exactly do you teach people in a wheelchair to dance? What is the study and curriculum methods behind this process?
  • I recall you talking about your spending 5 hours in a wheelchair in a mall once. What was that like?
  • How do you feel we can best impact the view of disabled –the fear, stigma and often aversion people feel?
  • What is your big picture goal? Where do you see the company evolving over the next 2-5 years?
  • Is there an opportunity for our listeners to become involved in their communities? How can they make dance a part of their lives locally?

Links:

Claim Your Destiny: How a Wheelchair Dance Advocate Has Found her Own

Follow: Instagram @MarisaHamamoto and @InfiniteFlowDance

Infinite Dance Facebook

 

Deborah Davis

Deborah is a Speaker, Disability Inclusion Consultant, Entrepreneur, Writer and Business Owner of Wheelchair Lifestyle Enterprise Push Living Inc.

She was a Former Dancer, Accident Survivor (C 6-7 Spinal Cord Injury resulting in incomplete Quadriplegia 1985), College grad (BBA Finance 1991 U of Miami), with a background in Sales and Marketing and Non Profit Development and Management.

She is now embarked on new path creating a market for Disability Inclusive Stock Images with the creation of PUSHlivingPhotos.com and publishing an online enterprise: PushLiving.com. The mission is to create Inclusion for people with disabilities through stock images for advertising, marketing and editorial uses, providing accessible properties for travel, swap or purchase, publishing an online magazine for improved health and well-being, providing information and opportunities for Accessible Travel, and operating an online store with products that improve lives.

She is most passionate about building a network of people with disabilities who are empowering, supporting and creating a more inclusive world. Personally, she is a mother of two beautiful, wise and exceptionally bright young women, and residing in South Florida.

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