Presented by

Attack Theatre


ComMotion


Yes, You Can Dance



Guest Speaker

Davian "DJ" Robinson

Sunday, May 23 at 4:00pm (EST)


Davian Robinson, originally from Hickory, NC, is a public speaker, a university graduate and Paralympic athlete. Currently living in Durham, NC, Davian recently graduated from UNC Charlotte with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory. Davian has performed at Orsolina 28 and The Palace of Venaria in Italy, and in Charlotte, NC in UNC Charlotte Dance Concerts, MOVE Dance Alliance Concerts, Loose Leaves Showcase, and Reactions of Resistance. Most recently, Davian and dance partner, Lillian Willis, were invited to collaborate and perform in Cary, NC as a part of non-profit Arts Access’ Series of Fortunate Events, alongside ShaLeigh Dance Works. Davian has performed works by Marcus White, Tamara Williams, Matilde Demarchi, and Lillian Willis. Notably, he was selected to perform in Adidas “Impossible is Nothing” spec commercial, produced by Sugar Pop Productions and directed by Meg Gamez in 2018. Davian has been featured in the Charlotte Observer, Inside UNC Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine, and on UNC-TV’s My Home, NC feature, Davian Robinson: Fearless. 

Davian founded and leads Sensory Beyond Sight dance workshops which invites participants to experience movement without the use of their sight. Most recently, Davian was invited to present Sensory Beyond Sight at the Alexander Technique national conference at Columbia University in New York, NY and perform original choreography at the historic Alhambra Ballroom. His most recent work was presenting a modified version of his workshop Healing Beyond Sight to non-dancers and dancers at a Charlotte Rxse day of healing with a dance-based organization out of Charlotte North Carolina. Currently, Davian is working with Camryn Watson and Inspire Inclusion Dance on some future collaborations around dance, access and performance. Davian is also taking steps to pursue his massage therapy license and enjoying his time as a newlywed!


Audio Description, a descriptive narration service for people who are blind and low vision will be provided for all sessions. AD is provided by describer Jan Tu from Arts Access North Carolina. To learn more about audio description, visit Arts Access.

Sessions*

  • Kick Off Session

    Kick Off Session

    Friday, May 21: 5:00-6:00pm (EST)
    Meet the instructors, learn more about the presenters and get ready for a fun-filled weekend of movement!


  • Dance and Doodle

    Dance and Doodle

    Saturday, May 22 from 9:00-9:45am (EST)
    Experience the accessibility of sensation through multiple mediums. Incorporating ideas of dance, language and visual art, this class serves as a creative movement meditation through abstract and representational expression. Open to all demographics, the only requirements are body and mind. We will explore the sensation of presence, using our individual and collective thoughts as inspiration for art making. The class offers mindfulness and embodiment strategies, along with energizing physicality to jumpstart creative thinking for the day.

    Supplies: Bring utensils for drawing (paper, pencil, crayons, etc.), or apply your imagination to manifest artistic power of the mind!

    Participants: All ages, levels and abilities are welcome.
    Accommodation Info: Closed Captioning will be available, and other accommodations are available upon request.


  • Dance to the Classics

    Dance to the Classics

    Saturday, May 22 from 10:00-10:45am (EST)
    Let’s move to some of the best music from different decades.  Sitting down or standing up, get your groove on to hits from James Brown, Diana Ross, Bruno Mars, Michael Buble and more!

    Participants: All ages, levels and abilities welcome
    Accommodation Info: Specific accommodations are available upon request


  • Yes, You Can Merengue! (Level 1)

    Yes, You Can Merengue! (Level 1)

    Saturday, May 22 from 11:00-11:45am (EST)
    Merengue is a fun Latin dance. If you ever dream about ballroom dancing, Merengue is a great place to start. We will start with the basic steps. No experience necessary! If you have a partner, that is great. You can join in the fun without a partner as well. Please have something to wear around 1 wrist. It can be a watch, bracelet, ribbon, or string.

    Participants: High school and up
    Accommodation Info: While all are welcome to participate, the Yes, You Can Dance! Adaptive Ballroom curriculum was designed specifically for standing, young adults with cognitive disabilities. However, throughout the class, modifications will be demonstrated to ensure that our friends with physical disabilities can still participate.  Specific accommodations are available upon request.


  • Community Dance Improv

    Community Dance Improv

    Saturday, May 22 from 12:00-12:45pm (EST)
    Engage body, mind and the creative impulse in this movement experience led by a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, and designed to increase self-awareness, confidence, and collaborative thinking. After a brief warmup, participants will be guided through the development of small movement phrases in response to simple, structured improv exercises. Using these phrases as building blocks, movers will work together, either in small groups or collectively, to build community dances. No experience necessary. Show up in comfortable clothing, with enough space to move safely and a willingness to explore!

    Participants:  All ages, levels and abilities are welcome. Participants below the developmental age of 10 or those with a movement disability would benefit from having a supportive co-participant in the same space.

    Accommodation Info: Closed Captioning will be available, and other accommodations are available upon request.


  • Rhythms of the Latin World

    Rhythms of the Latin World

    Saturday, May 22 from 1:00-1:45pm (EST)
    We’ll “travel” again on a virtual tour of Latin America. Experience these vibrant cultures through dance, music, fun facts, and beautiful images.

    Participants: All ages, levels and abilities are welcome
    Accommodation Info: Specific accommodations are available upon request


  • Yes, You Can Merengue! (Level 2)

    Yes, You Can Merengue! (Level 2)

    Saturday, May 22 from 2:00–2:45pm (EST)
    Merengue is a fun Latin dance. If you ever dream about ballroom dancing, Merengue is a great place to start. Some experience is necessary. We will review the basic steps and explore tricks and turns. If you have a partner, that is great. You can join in the fun without a partner as well. Please have something to wear around 1 wrist. It can be a watch, bracelet, ribbon, or string.

    Participants: High school and up
    Accommodation Info: While all are welcome to participate, the Yes, You Can Dance! Adaptive Ballroom curriculum was designed specifically for standing, young adults with cognitive disabilities. However, throughout the class, modifications will be demonstrated to ensure that our friends with physical disabilities can still participate.  Specific accommodations are available upon request.


  • Ballet Barre for the Family

    Ballet Barre for the Family

    Saturday, May 22 from 3:00-3:45pm (EST)
    My dad always says, “To be a dancer you have to be in class”, so by coming to this class, YOU are a dancer! 

    Enjoy breathing through movement with this accessible exploration of classical ballet. Class will begin with a breathing meditation, followed by an embodiment of the breath through bends, stretches and balances. Class will culminate with choreography and a traditional reverence.  Reverence (ray-vay-rahnss) is a French word that refers to paying respect to someone (yourself, your family, and fellow dancers) by a curtsey or bow.

    A family that dances together, breathes together.

    Participants: All ages, levels and abilities are welcome.
    Accommodation Info: Specific accommodations are available upon request


  • Andre's Extraordinary Playlist

    Andre's Extraordinary Playlist

    Saturday, May 22 from 4:00-4:45pm (EST)
    Let’s learn some of the most iconic choreography from movies, musicals, and pop culture.

    Participants: All ages, levels and abilities are welcome
    Accommodation Info: Specific accommodations are available upon request


  • Yes, You Can Merengue! (Level 3)

    Yes, You Can Merengue! (Level 3)

    Saturday, May 22 from 5:00-5:45pm (EST)
    Merengue is a fun Latin dance. If you ever dream about ballroom dancing, Merengue is a great place to start. Some experience is necessary. We will revisit the basic steps and turns, and explore different patterns and choreography sequences. If you have a partner, that is great. You can join in the fun without a partner as well. Please have something to wear around 1 wrist. It can be a watch, bracelet, ribbon, or string.

    Participants: High school and up
    Accommodation Info: While all are welcome to participate, the Yes, You Can Dance! Adaptive Ballroom curriculum was designed specifically for standing, young adults with cognitive disabilities. However, throughout the class, modifications will be demonstrated to ensure that our friends with physical disabilities can still participate.  Specific accommodations are available upon request.


  • Modern Movement

    Modern Movement

    Sunday, May 22 from 1:00-1:45pm (EST)
    This class offers a blend of dance performance and modern dance technique. After a collective warm-up, participants will have the opportunity to view and connect with a short dance sequence performed by the instructors. Participants will further develop the dance sequence using modern dance styles, creative movement and individual thoughts and interpretations. The class will finish with a collective, one-of-a-kind dance sharing experience.

    Participants: Middle school ages and up; all levels and abilities are welcome
    Accommodation Info: Specific accommodations are available upon request.


  • Dance Party!

    Dance Party!

    Sunday, May 23 from 2:00-2:45pm (EST)
    This class is the perfect dance blend! We’ll recap highlights and sequences from Saturday’s classes and put it all together into one dance class experience.

    Participants: All ages, levels and abilities are welcome
    Accommodation Info: Specific accommodations are available upon request


  • Yes, You Can Salsa and Swing!

    Yes, You Can Salsa and Swing!

    Sunday, May 23 from 3:00-3:45pm (EST)
    Dancers will learn dance steps from two different popular social dance styles: salsa and swing dance. No experience necessary! If you have a partner, that is great. You can join in the fun without a partner as well. Please bring something to wear around 1 wrist. It can be a watch, bracelet, ribbon, or string.

    Participants: High school and up
    Accommodation Info: While all are welcome to participate, the Yes, You Can Dance! Adaptive Ballroom curriculum was designed specifically for standing, young adults with cognitive disabilities. However, throughout the class, modifications will be demonstrated to ensure that our friends with physical disabilities can still participate.  Specific accommodations are available upon request.


  • Closing Session with Davian Robinson

    Closing Session with Davian Robinson

    Sunday, May 23 from 4:00-5:00pm (EST)
    Davian “DJ” Robinson has titled his presentation The Courage of Dance, focusing on what dance is through the eyes of someone who is blind. He also shares how inspiration, exploration, motivation and artistic creation can be explored and expressed through dance in a beautiful and captivating way. In order to express beauty, Davian encourages people to love life right now and the beauty that it brings to one’s self.



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