Body Shift

Inspiring Austin project ensures the power of dance is accessible to all

Inspiring Austin project ensures power of dance is accessible to all

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Creating “Echo,” an improvisational, site-specific dance, the dancers of this Body Shift Performance Workshop have honed the skill of open awareness. Each individual explores improvisational dance by tuning into his or her own body and choosing a movement that will benefit the design of the whole dance. This allows the dancers freedom to do the dance that only they “know how to do” with the accidental moments of improvisation shining through like hidden gems.

Body Shift is a collaboration of Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas and offers classes and workshops which empower people of all abilities to embrace dancing in their own unique way.

Body Shift holds donation-based classes as well. Here is the upcoming schedule:

  • Saturday, November 21, 2:30 to 4:30 pm – Elements class at the TownLake YMCA
  • Saturday, December 12, 2:30 to 4:30 pm – Body Shift/DanceAbility Jam at the TownLake YMCA
  • Friday, December 18, 4 to 5:30 pm – DanceAbility Street Parade through downtown

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Body Shift
Body Shift dancers improvise during rehearsal. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Body Shift Echo Rehearsal
Body Shift celebrates all abilities and explores the power of dance.  Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Body Shift
Body Shift Echo Rehearsal