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October 26th - 29th, 2022

The Fourth Annual Forward Motion Dance Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance


Full Radius Dance Company, Atlanta, GA

and a new physically integrated work by 

Victoria Marks

Alpert Award-winning Choreographer, Guggenheim and Rauschenberg Fellow,
and Fulbright Distinguished UCLA Scholar

with musician/performer Carina Ho

 on the 5 members of the Karen Peterson Dance Company

The Fourth Annual Forward Motion Dance Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance is supported in part by


Karen Peterson and Dancers Partners with Renowned Dance Companies to Launch Nationwide Performance Festival


We're partnering with renowned dance companies, Dancing Wheels and Heidi Latsky Dance, for a nationwide performance festival tour called “Beyond Barriers, Boundaries & Belief!” From Cleveland, Ohio to Brooklyn, NYC and culminating in Miami, FL for a finale performance, this novel tour takes KPD to new heights in our goal to share their movement message throughout the month of June 2022.


Traveling across Eastern United States, the tour commences in Cleveland, Ohio at the historic Playhouse Square Allen Theatre on Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Our three companies move onto the Mark Morris Studio in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, June 14th at tk p.m. EST. Finally, the company trio settles in Miami, FL for a finale performance to wrap up the tour at Miami Light Project on Saturday, June 25th at 7:30 p.m. To share the opportunity to learn various techniques in the field of physically integrated dance with their communities, these acclaimed companies will host workshops and master classes prior to each performance in the three city stops.

About the Dance Companies

Karen Peterson and Dancers
Karen Peterson and Dancers was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to the development, education, and presentation of physically integrated dance (PID), bringing together dancers with diverse abilities as a role model for the dance and disability communities for thirty years. The organization has presented an annual season of new work at multiple venues throughout South Florida. The troupe has performed nationally at festivals in New York to Washington, D.C., and performed in nine countries. In 2019, in honor of her work, the company was named “Best Dance Company” in Miami by the New Times, and received the 2017 Boston Conservatory Alumni Entrepreneurial Award to support the presentation of “Warmamas: a Performance” at the Judson Memorial Church, NYC. KPD has produced the annual international festival of physically integrated dance, “Forward Motion,” in 2018- 2022 with the support from the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has brought together leading PID companies from around the country. Visit

Dancing Wheels Company & School 
Mary Verdi-Fletcher, America’s first professional wheelchair dancer, founded the Dancing Wheels Company in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio. Having been born with spina bifida, and as a strong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, she opened the door of opportunity for people with disabilities who desire to be on equal ground with their non-disabled peers. The Dancing Wheels Company was formed 41 years ago to educate and employ professionally trained dancers with and without disabilities. The Company tours the globe performing, having reached over 5.5 million people since its inception, and its educational programs serve over 4,000 children throughout Northeast Ohio annually. To learn more about the Company & School, visit . Heidi Latsky Dance Heidi Latsky Dance disrupts space, dismantles normal, and redefines beauty and virtuosity through innovative performance and discourse. Dedicated to reflecting the true diverse nature of the world we live in, HLD brings rigorous, passionate, and thought-provoking work to broad audiences. 

Heidi Latsky Dance
This New York-based, female-run organization is dedicated to the creation of relevant, immersive performance art that is accessible to all. HLD was founded in 2001 and has gone through different creative phases. Currently, the focus is on expanding into interactive technology through collaborations with entities like Google’s Creative Lab, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Evolving Technologies. Visit

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Festival Tour Schedule


Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, June 10 at 8 PM · Playhouse Square Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH


Brooklyn, NYC

Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 PM · Mark Morris Studio, 3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY


Miami, FL

Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 PM · Miami Light Box, 402 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL

Inspiring Miami's Teens with Special Needs During our 8-Week Residency with Miami-Dade Public Schools

We're so proud to have hosted a slew of classes and workshops as part of our eight-week residency with Miami-Dade Public Schools, including Cutler Bay Middle School, Miami Palmetto Senior High School and Hialeah Senior High School.


Inspiring teen students with special needs through the dance arts is a mission we consider most valuable among our objectives. To support these students in creating their own work is one of the most important things we do as a dance company. Their performance at Hialeah Senior High School Auditorium was fantastic with over 150 teens in the audience and 60 teens with special needs performing. We can't wait to do it again!

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Karen Peterson Honored at Berklee College with Alumni Acheivement Award for Lifetime Arts Contributions to Society and Dance

This past March 2022, KPD Artistic Director Karen Peterson-Corash was chosen as a Boston Conservatory at Berklee Alumni Achievement Awards winner for her “lifetime arts contributions to society and the dance industry." At the awards ceremony at Berklee College, she spoke about her journey in the physically integrated dance field, detailed how she mentored young dance students on a selected educational panel session, and audiotaped her oral history for archival and podcast purposes.


Breakfast with the Dean of Dance and a tour of the new music and dance studios rounded out the weekend of nostalgia and accolades with six distinguished artists in the field. What an honor!

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Taking Pride in Supporting the LGBTQ Community

We made our debut at the Miami Beach Pride Festival 2022 at the Beyond Limits Community Stage at Lummus Park when we performed excerpts from our favorite pieces, the work we've created in the past 30 years. These works have helped to redefine the vocabulary and boundaries of dance by presenting inclusive, meaningful movement.

Miami Beach Pride is a multi-day celebration of arts and culture including an incredible 2-day Festival and Parade, featuring special events, family-friendly community activations, social mixers and world-class entertainment. MBP is the leading LGBTQ+ cultural arts organization in South Florida regularly attracting 170K + attendees, and we're so proud to have been part of MB Pride 2022!

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We're grateful for our supporters!

Support for Karen Peterson and Dancers and this performance comes from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Miami Foundation, Citizens Interested in the Arts, WLRN and other private donors.

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Karen Peterson and Dancers was founded in1990 and is Florida’s leading company dedicated to integrating professional dancers and students with a range of physical abilities. They have presented an annual season of new work throughout South Florida and have presented their work nationally, from New York to Washington, D.C., and in nine countries, including Brazil, Spain, Ireland, Serbia, Italy, Montenegro and Portugal.


In honor of her work, Ms. Peterson has received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New World School of the Arts, a Bank of America "Cultural Award" from the American Red Cross, and a "Queen of the Arts” Award from the Miami Herald.  The organization also received a 2011 Knight Foundation Award to support inclusive dance in the Miami Dade Schools, a 2017-2019 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant and a 2018 and 2019 NEA Grant to support “Forward Motion” Miami’s annual festival of physically integrated dance.


KPD has also sustained ongoing educational and training workshops including working with over 4,000 teens with special needs since 2006. Reviews of the KPD: “A high artistic level for contemporary dance” (El Nuevo Herald), “One of Miami’s cultural treasures” (Miami New Times), “A tour de force, an exquisite and inquisitive look at mixed ability dance…innovative and meaningful", "10 great moments in Miami Dance - special, defining, unrepeatable of the year 2017" (The Miami Herald).