“Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion” - Martha Graham
From hip hop to ballet, everyone has their own idea of who a dancer is. Allison Orr Artistic Director of Forklift Danceworks and Celia Hughes Executive Director of Art Spark Texas got together on a mission to expand those ideas. They imagined a place where people could explore the world of dance regardless of their physical ability or dance experience. A place where everyone felt included, comfortable, and encouraged to be themselves. A place to discover movement possibilities without expectation or judgment. Their dream was clear. Add in a few curious individuals and amazing local partners, Body Shift, now known as Art Spark Dance was born, proudly hosting its first intensive in 2009.
— Our Mission
Art Spark Dance is a program of Art Spark Texas, a Texas-based nonprofit that challenges perceptions of how people contribute to society by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse disabilities. We aim to create safe spaces for anyone who has been affected by an inaccessible society.
— Our Vision
Our vision is to make a positive contribution to wider social change by bringing our artistic work into public spaces, sharing our expertise of community and inclusive dance with future dance artists and educators, and presenting at national conferences at the intersection of dance, education and disability.
— Accessibility Statement
We believe that accessibility and inclusion are human rights. We strive to make our programs and spaces as accessible as possible for people with diverse physicalities and sensory modalities. At Art Spark Texas, we understand accessibility and inclusion are a continuous process that brings new opportunities to learn and grow. We’re always looking for ways to improve and ensure everyone can have great experiences with us. For questions or accommodation requests, please send us an email at Dance@artsparktx.org.