Wheelchair Ballroom Dance

Ballroom dancing has the potential to bring together people of all different backgrounds through movement, music, and partnering, and allow them to be empowered by this form of expression.

The mission of the American DanceWheels Foundation (ADF) is to make a significant contribution to the lives of people with disability by providing the social, rehabilitative, and competitive activity of Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin Dance to partnerships comprised of one seated and one standing dancer. This effort integrates people with and without disabilities to partake in a healthy, mainstream activity that creates the potential for a new generation of alliances and opportunities.

Rik Daniels, a 7-time All-American Gymnast, and Nicole Agaronnik, a National Ballroom Dance Finalist, have partnered in the art of wheelchair ballroom dance to change perspective about disability. Their art form creates an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration across differences.

Notable Performances:

  • Wheelchair tango performance at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York, NY, July 2018
  • Honorary performers in wheelchair tango and salsa dance at the United States National Ballroom Dance Sport Championships, Baltimore, MD, April 2018
  • Performed at the Pan American Games Closing Ceremony, Toronto, Canada, July 2015

Teaching Experience:

  • Certified wheelchair ballroom dance instructor through the American DanceWheels Foundation (ADF)
  • Taught wheelchair ballroom workshops at Camp PossAbility, a summer camp for young adults with disability, in Indianapolis, IN, July 2018
  • Instructed a workshop at the Penn State Rec Fest, organized by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Penn State Health, April 2018
  • Conducted a wheelchair ballroom pilot program in the New York City Public School System at three different schools, May 2017
  • Started a wheelchair ballroom dance class at Cornell University, September 2016
  • Taught wheelchair ballroom workshops at the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Spring 2015
  • Directed a wheelchair ballroom dance workshop at Ability 360, an adapted sports and fitness center for people with disability in Phoenix, AZ, November 2015

 

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