Forward Motion Conference 2019 Presented by Karen Peterson and Dancers, Inc.

Forward Motion Conference 2019 Presented by Karen Peterson and Dancers, Inc.

Hear from leading artists and practitioners in the field of physically integrated dance as Karen Peterson and Dancers hosts the second annual Forward Motion Conference at the Koubek Center - Miami Dade College.

Conference Schedule

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 Karen Peterson (Artistic Director, KPD), Alice Sheppard (Artistic Director, Kinetic Light) and Dwayne Scheuman (Dancer, KPD). Moderated by Rashmi Becker, Founding Director, Step Change Studios.

​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.

Ages 15+ for the conference. Please note commencing at 8:15 pm we will wristband any attendees under 21 years.

More information about Forward Motion dance workshops and dance presentations can be found on the Forward Motion website at Most FORWARD MOTION events will be presented with American Sign Language. To request materials in an accessible format, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Carol Coombes 786-498-6756, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).