#DanceForInclusion Flashmob Baltimore - Sun, Aug 20, 2017
See our pilot #InfiniteInclusion flashmob video from Nov 13, 2016 in Venice Beach below. We renamed our project #DanceForInclusion earlier this year. Join us for a celebration of diversity, difference, and inclusion in Baltimore Station North at the Red Bull Amaphiko Festival! More details and sign up below.
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Though we are all human beings and share common human experiences and emotions, we are all infinitely unique: different DNA, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, identities, tastes, looks, interests, etc. And though we are each unique, 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.
#DanceForInclusion (initiated as #InfiniteInclusion in Nov 2016 and renamed #DanceForInclusion) is a social movement lead by Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company 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.
#DanceForInclusion Baltimore Aug 20, 2017
Purpose: To raise awareness to the masses and to congressional leaders on the importance of inclusion, diversity, and accessibility with BALTIMORE as the theme. We are REDEFINING, REBRANDING, & REINVENTING DISABILITY, and making INCLUSION LOOK COOL. We are producing this flashmob with Red Bull Amaphiko
What: Led by Infinite Flow Founder & Red Bull Amaphiko Fellow Marisa Hamamoto and local artists Tara Miles (professional deaf dancer & educator), Sunshine King (Founder, Wheel Power), and Shanna Lim (performing artist), we will gather together on the morning of Sun Aug 20, 10am at the Motor House (120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201) for Registration/Meet & Greet and flashmob rehearsal 10:30-1:30pm. At 4pm we will dance our hearts out for a #DanceForInclusion at Station North and celebrate together afterwards (see below for a more detailed schedule). We invite people with disabilities, dancers, LGBTQ, activists, leaders of all minority groups, everyday people... pretty much anyone who thinks inclusion and accepting diversity and difference is important. No dance experience required. We are non-partisan. Open to all ages. Refreshments & snacks provided, but do bring your own water. This will be a highly publicized event, and a great networking experience for all. Come dressed with bright colors, no logos.
**The flashmob will be filmed. All participants will be required to sign a media & liability release.
When: Sun Aug 20, 2017
Tentative Schedule (Please sign up above to receive all updates)
10am Registration and Meet & Greet @Motor House
10:30am-1:30pm Rehearsal @Motor House
4-4:30pm Flashmob @Station North
Rehearsal Location: Motor House
Motor House (120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201)
Flashmob Location: Station North Ynot Lot
1904 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218
What to Bring/Wear (be sure to sign up so you get the latest info):
- Show Baltimore spirit: Wear purple, yellow, and black.
- Bring Water. (We will provide lunch)
- Keep your personal belongings minimal.
- Bring your friends to participate
- Bring your big smile and great energy
If you have questions, contact Marisa Hamamoto at 949-267-8751 or InfiniteFlowDance@gmail.com.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Baltimore #DanceForInclusion Flashmob, contact Marisa at 949-267-8751 or InfiniteFlowDance@gmail.com.
About Infinite Flow
Infinite Flow is a nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in March 2015 with the mission to mass market inclusion through dance and innovation. We just happen to be America's first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company as well.
We are dedicated to
- Increasing access to quality dance instruction for people with disabilities in inclusive environments;
- Building a world-class professional dance company, which includes dancers with and without disabilities as a vehicle to break stereotypes and perceived barriers; and
- Creatively leading a social movement for inclusion in performing arts as well as in everyday life.
Since our beginning, we have performed at 50+ events, instructed 200+ wheelchair users through workshops, weekly dance classes, and community outreach, and have been recognized locally and nationally in media outlets such as NBC’s Today Show, NowThis, Refinery29, GOOD Magazine, Broadway World, Dance Spirit Magazine, ABC Robin Roberts N’Courage Blog, LA Parent Magazine, ABC-7 News, Fox-11 News, and many MORE.
Infinite Flow was founded by Marisa Hamamoto, a professional ballroom dancer who was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down with a rare spinal cord disease in 2006. Through building Infinite Flow from scratch, she realized that Infinite Flow was more than a dance company, but also a vehicle for social & systematic change and decided to add #DanceForInclusion (initially #InfiniteInclusion) as an initiative to further extend Infinite Flow’s message of breaking barriers through dance to the masses.