The Physically Integrated Dance Series is a virtual series which expands upon New College of Florida’s popular annual Dance for Parkinson event. The series is brought to you by our ongoing collaboration with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Parkinson Place. In keeping with the focus of offering physically integrative movement, the aim for this series is to show its participants that dance is for everybody, no matter their age, social-economic background, abilities, previous experiences or lack of dance. Help us kick off this new series with the 3rd Annual Dance for Parkinson Partnership Event featuring a performance by Parkinson Place and NCF participants. The series continues with two weeklong artist residencies led by guest artists who live with disabilities.
Stephanie Bastos – a Brazilian American artist who dances with and without the aid of a prosthetic leg – will lead classes throughout the week of April 5th on Urban Contemporary and Physically Integrated/Inclusive Dance. Her residency will culminate in an open rehearsal performance of her autobiographical work, “TIMELINE”.
The week of April 12th, we invite Dwayne Scheuneman – co-founder, artistic director and dancer with REVolutions Dance who performs with the assistance of a wheelchair – to teach Dance and Diversity Workshops. The week will end with a special screening of the documentary “Life After Life” and a performance by REVolutions Dance + REVyouth.
Support for this series was provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A special thank you to our community partners, Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Parkinson Place.
Thurs, Apr 1 l 10:00 a.m. EST l Online Event l RSVP for Link
Attend the kick off event for New College of Florida’s Physically Integrated Dance Series. Meet Parkinson Place and NCF dance participants while they perform a virtual dance created remotely during the pandemic, led by Sarasota Contemporary Dance artist Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancingers, directed by Professor Wilmott. Presentation by NCF student Rose Schimmel of her personal experience of participating in the Dance for Parkinson class. This is a great opportunity for community members to move with and speak to participants from both Parkinson’s Place and students from New College.
The mission of Parkinson Place is to meet the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of those living with Parkinson’s disease through education, empowerment, support, and community resources.
Introductions: Mission of Parkinson Place, the Sarasota Contemporary Dance/Parkinson Place partnership, and New College’s collaborations.
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers leads a mini dance for Parkinson class
NCF student, Rose Schimmel presents on her personal experience participating in the Dance for Parkinson class.
Performance by Parkinson Place participants with NCF students, led by Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers
Q&A facilitated by Leymis Bolanos Wilmott
Honoring Will Lane. A screening of Leymis and Will’s performance at the inaugural “Dance for Parkinson” event at New College of Florida.
Daughter of Bernadette Chaves Nunes and Aluizio Ribeiro Bastos, started her performance career with the Miami Ballet and later, became one of the founding members of the internationally acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble of Miami, FL directed by Andrea Seidel and featured in Isadora Duncan Dance and Repertory by Princeton Book Company. After losing her right leg in a car accident and subsequently retraining herself to dance with and without a prosthetic leg, she graduated cum Laude with her BFA in Dance and has been performing, touring and teaching Contemporary Dance throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, Argentina and Brazil. A current resident of Oakland, CA, she is the winner of the 2011 San Francisco “Izzies” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance Ensemble with Ase West Dance Theater Collective and has also worked with the Urban Bush Women, Axis Dance Company, Deep Waters Dance Theater, Águas Dance Company, REVolutions Dance and Ron Brown’s/ EVIDENCE as a guest performer. Her teaching credits include SCD Summer Intensive, FSU/World Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, ODC in San Francisco, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA and Youth In Arts/ VSA. She is also a former mentee for Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), the 2016 EDGE artist- in- residence at Counterpulse, San Francisco, for her autobiographical work, Timeline directed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. In 2020, she served as a choreographer for Axis Dance Company’s first Virtual Choreo Lab and UCLA’s 2020/ 2021 Virtual DanceDisability Lab. Most recently, she was nominated for a Kenneth Rainin Fellowship for being a Bay Area anchor artist who has exhibited authentic community connection, a deep commitment to the region and demonstrating clear vision that pushes boundaries and advances the field of Dance.
Mon, Apr 5 & Wed, Apr 7 l 8:40 – 9:30 a.m. EST l Online Event l RSVP for Link
Urban Contemporary Dance with Stephanie Bastos incorporates the elements of nature, dynamic phrase work, and Afro- Brazilian symbolism with the objective of conditioning the body, mind and spirit for a moving experience. The class features internalization, Braindance- based warm up and eclectic choreography. You will explore articulation of the spine, pelvis, and torso all while finding momentum through the entire body. Regardless of prior experience, this class offers a way to develop, evolve and discover your potential as a dancer.
Thurs, Apr 8 l 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. EST l Online Event l RSVP for Link
Physically Integrated/Inclusive Dance is Stephanie Bastos’s fresh approach to envision, create, and collaborate in the ever- evolving art of movement in community. This innovative approach to challenging stereotypes in the field of dance will create spaciousness for all bodies to be included in the art form. Improvisation, composition, and contemporary techniques will be utilized to develop a safe space for all bodies create collectively.
Fri, Apr 9 & Sat, Apr 10 l 7:00 p.m. EST l Online Event l RSVP for Link
“Timeline” illuminates’ themes of resiliency and vulnerability by providing a textured perspective into the human condition through movement, song, and spoken word that is accessible to all communities.
“Timeline is a work of heART. It started with the vision of my best friend Leymis to have a one woman show that can feature my skills and passion as an artist. I have been dancing since the age of five, training vigorously in classical ballet. It was in middle school when discovered modern dance and other forms. This is when I decided I was going to dedicate my entire being to this art form. I had found my place! Fast forward to my senior year of high school at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl, to the fateful day I got into a car accident that resulted in the loss of my right foot.
I begrudgingly decided that dance was no longer for me. I didn’t have two feet to do it with, so how was I going to? That feeling literally lasted one day after I had a dream of myself dancing freely and joyously. I woke up and changed my mind. I dedicated myself to continue to dance because it was the only thing that made me happy. I settled for dance as a “hobby” and would look to other means of pursuing a professional career of any kind.
Well, dance had other plans for me and my so-called hobby went right back to a full fledged lifestyle of a pre-professional dancer, but now with a new body- a disability. I had to learn how to walk all over again with a prosthetic leg and subsequently learn how to dance with and without a prosthetic leg. I must admit that that journey was both juicy and painful. I have now integrated into my new body and new lifestyle and have continued to dance professionally all around the U.S. and the world. I have danced with various companies, collaborated with various choreographers and have learned a whole new way of being an artist with a place at the table. I am a woman of color, artist with a disability after all… Leymis and I embarked on the creation of Timeline in 2014, starting with an improvisational structure that we presented at New College in Sarasota that journeyed through my life as an artist, starting at childhood. In 2016, I got awarded an opportunity to create work at Counterpulse, San Francisco as an artist-in-residence
We decided to expand Timeline for this residency and turn it into the one-woman show we had dreamed of. It was a huge success so we decided to premiere the full length show in the East Coast at New College in 2017. At this point, all processes with Timeline had thrust me into a new relationship with my vulnerability, spirituality and my community. We knew we would present it again and Leymis continued to forge that path… It’s now 2021 and we are in a global pandemic. Lockdowns, quarantine, shutdowns, face- masks, and social distancing are the new normals. I’m unemployed, uninspired and still, I persist.” -Stephanie Bastos
Timeline is returning to Sarasota this April 2021 to dive back into the creative process; reconnect with the dancing body and re-ignite that which has been dormant since the start of the pandemic. Instead of a finished product for this work that we envisioned this past season of digital dance, this intimate encounter (not a performance) will invite the community to join us- Stephanie and Leymis, in the creative rehearsal process of revisiting, reinvestigating, and resurfacing what this work is and how it continues to evolve with Stephanie today.
Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Inclusive Dance Educator, and Dancer with REVolutions Dance. Shortly after becoming paralyzed in a diving accident in 1995, Dwayne began competing in wheelchair track and field. In 2002, he was looking for some sort of cross training activity when a friend suggested he try taking a dance class. He started taking classes and was invited to perform and, from there, the rest is history. While dancing, he discovers two things that he and no otherwise experience in sports, a broader range of physical challenges and a deeper and more meaningful connection with his fellow dancers.
Dwayne received his BA in special education from the University of South Florida. He has been a professional dancer since 2002 and has conducted workshops around the US and the world having completed eight tours and six countries. Being a former wheelchair athlete and having strong connections to the disabled community Dwayne began reaching out to his disabled peers and inviting them to participate in different dance activities. In 2005, Dwayne along with his colleague Amie West decided to make it official and together they formed the nonprofit organization, REVolutions Dance.
REVolutions Dance is an inclusive mixed ability dance company led by composed of professional trained and accomplished dancers and dance educators who have danced and taught in the schools, professional studios, university, and in the community setting in the US and around the world
“Dance, specifically the creative process involved in dance, has led me to a deeper understanding of myself and my perspectives. Connecting and creating with other people has encouraged me to consider and formulate my place in the world and what impact I want to have on it. Physically speaking, managing my disabilities is never ending, and dance is always helping me in developing my ability to move through the world.” – Dwayne Scheuneman
Co-taught by Dwayne Scheuneman and Sea Lee, these workshops allow the teaching artists to visit schools and other similar venues where they help students with and without disabilities work together to create unique creative experiences that open the doors to understanding, equality, and mutual respect.
Born and raised in South Korea, Sea (pronounced as “Say”) Lee was trained both conservatively and professionally at SunHwa Arts High School under the direction of Seung Yup Hong. She received a BFA with Cum Laude honors from University of Florida and MFA with fellowship from Hollins University/ American Dance Festival. Sea has performed in the works of such diverse artists including Neta Pulvermacher, Kristin O’Neal, Michael Foley, Kraig Bopi Patterson, Ming-Lung Yang, Ella Ben-Ahron, Seungyup Hong, HeJin Jang, Thomas DeFrantz, Kevin Guy, and Renee Robinson, and danced professionally with Moving Current Dance Collective where she performed in the original works of Heidi Henderson, Victoria Marks, Doug Guillespie, Somebodies Dance Theater, Cinthia Hennessy, Jack Clark, and Orange Grove Dance.
Sea has been on the faculty at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College and Cypress Creek middle school. Sea’s choreography has been presented by Co-motion Dance Theatre (2013, 2014), HCC Dance Ensembles (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), ACDFA in University of North Carolina Greensboro (2013) and Florida State University (2011), University of Tampa (2015, 2016), Moving Current Dance Collective (2019) and presented at Hollins University, NewGrounds Festival, and the American Dance Festival. As an art advocate, she has served as a review panel for Creative Pinellas and Emerging Artist Grant (2016, 2017), which award grants to winners in various genres of arts. Sea currently serves as a dance faculty at Hillsborough Community College and teaches and performs with a physically integrated dance company, REVolutions Dance, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
“Life After Life”: Film Screening and post-screening talkback w. Dr. Christopher Boulton & Dwayne Scheuneman
Fri, Apr 16 l 6:00 p.m. EST l Online Event l RSVP for Link
“ Life After Life is a lovely film. The choreographers form a special bond with three chrarismatic senior women as they shape raw, simple, authentic movement into a personal story told through movement. This is not a dance-made-for-film but more of a human-interst story with a wider appeal touching on aging, healing, the creative process, and just so many levels of the human condition.”
– (Karen Peterson, Artistic Director of Karen Peterson in Miami, FL)
DR. CHRISTOPHER BOULTON is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Tampa where he teaches media studies, film production, and travel courses abroad. Dr. Boulton has written and produced television for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Court TV. His films on sports, science, and dance have shown at festivals all over the world including Filmwinter in Germany, Revelation in Australia, On Art in Poland, Besides the Screen in Brazil, and the Sarasota, Santa Cruz, and Cinema on the Bayou film festivals in the United States.
Director Statement: “Modern dance can be difficult to understand and appreciate, much less perform. What began as a rebellion against the formalism of ballet can now seem like an esoteric art reserved for sophisticated audiences and young dancers. But there is a growing movement to make modern dance more physically integrated and accessible by including mature and/or uniquely-abled performers not typically associated with grace and athleticism, but for whom the desire and ability to move is never taken for granted. I made this film as a way to better understand the creative process of modern dance choreography from that perspective. The result is a revealing look at an unlikely cast of characters overcoming obstacles to tell stories through movement and make modern dance more open to each and every body. It was an honor to work with these women and I can’t wait for you to meet them.”
Sat, Apr 17 l 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. EST l Online Event l RSVP for Link
REVolutions Dance’s performance will highlight both its professional performers and its REVyouth performers. Their REVyouth program is in its tenth year and features young dancers of all abilities. The REVyouth ensemble has performed at many community events and local theaters. Through the REVyouth program, these talented young performers have and have had the opportunity to work with and learn from a variety of professional dancers from around the world, including Sidiki Conde from Africa, Liu Yan from China and Hanna Harchakova from Belarus.
For fifteen years, REVolutions Dance’s professional company has been entertaining audiences with their signature style of partnering and collaboration between dancers from diverse physical and cultural backgrounds. The REVdancers have performed throughout the country and around the world including international tours in Russia, China and Poland. Experiencing a REVolutions Dance performance will surely broaden one’s perspective of the artistic and physical contributions disabled dancers offer the dance community and delight and surprise audience members.
New College of Florida has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of New College’s initiative “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”Read more here