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Miami's International Physically Integrated Dance Festival and Conference​


Thursday, September 26, 2019

3:30 PM

Koubek Center – Miami Dade College, 2705 SW 3rd St, Miami, 33135

3:30 PM

Opening Remarks & Welcome by Karen Peterson Corash, Artistic Director
and Founder of Karen Peterson and Dancers.

3:45 PM: Keynote - Bodies in Motion: Through the Eyes of Judith Smith

Judith Smith, Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company will muse on the origins and growth of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA and how its rise has been supported and informed by both happenings in dance and in the civil rights movement for people with disabilities. Followed by Q&A

5:00 PM: Panel 1- Three Generations of Physically Integrated Dance

Featuring Judith Smith (Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company), Laurel Lawson (Dancer, Kinetic Light) and Jerron Herman (Dancer, Heidi Latsky Dance). Moderated by Jenni Person, Managing Producer, MDC Live Arts. 


Physically integrated dance is still relatively a new form of dance. Three generations of dancers will discuss how Integrated Dance has evolved from generation to generation. What has changed? What has remained the same? How are intersectionality and identity politics shaping the future of integrated dance?

Followed by Q&A

6:15 PM: Panel 2 - Arts, Advocacy and the Future of PI Dance

Featuring Rashmi Becker (Founding Director, Step Change Studios), Alice Sheppard (Artistic Director, Kinetic Light) and Dwayne Scheunemann (Co-Founder/ Dancer REVolutions Dance / Guest Artist KPD). Moderated by Karen Peterson,  Artistic Director, Karen Peterson and Dancerss.

An international view of Integrated Dance. What are the similarities and differences between the UK and the USA? How does advocacy shape the field? When and how can dance be used as a political or social tool?

Followed by Q&A

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM - The Miami/London Dance Exchange Preview Performance

Presented by Karen Peterson and Dancers and Step Change Studios as part of Miami-Dade County's International Cultural Exchange Program.

Followed by Q&A

8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Meet & Greet Reception for All Attendees.

Meet & Greet Reception for all attendees.


$25 General Admission
$20 Student/Senior with Valid ID
Note valet parking on the day is $6 per car.


Includes: Conference And Meet & Greet Event + All Performances General $75
Student/Senior: $50 | Groups: $35 


7:30 PM - 9:15 PM Includes Complimentary Performance and Meet & Greet With The Artists. 
$6 Valet Parking


Most FORWARD MOTION events will be presented with American Sign Language. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Carol Coombes five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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