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Disability and Physical Activity News and Announcements


AXIS Dance Company Tour, Iowa, New York, California, March-May, 2008
AXIS Dance Company's mission is to create and perform high-quality contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities. Don't miss an AXIS performance at a location near you! For a tour schedule, go to http://www.axisdance.org/ or call 510-625-0110.


She Without Arm, He Without Leg - Ballet - Hand-in-Hand
This Youtube clip features a woman who was a trained dancer, then lost her entire left arm in some kind of accident. After coaching a children's dancing group, she realized she still loved to dance and wanted to continue. She started to do some of her old routines, but by losing an arm, she had also lost significant balance. It took a while before she could even making simple turns and spins, but eventually she got it. Then she heard about a guy who had lost a leg in an accident and who also had struggled with similar stages of denial, depression, and anger that she had. She persuaded him to dance with her, even though he had never danced before and was hesitant to start now with only one leg. She started to teach him dancing basics, both quitting a few times struggling with frustration and patience, but ultimately continuing with their training. They hired a choreographer to design routines for them and became a couple that danced beautifully, legitimately beating others in competition.

Click on the following link to view this magnificent performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLVRQCjh8c.


Boundless Playgrounds® Announces CEO to Advocate for Children of All Abilities, Bloomfield, Connecticut, February 25, 2008
Frederick A. Leone, a seasoned corporate executive with experience in finance, law, and community outreach, was recently named Boundless Playgrounds' Chief Executive Officer. Boundless Playgrounds is the first national nonprofit dedicated to helping communities create inclusive playgrounds where children with and without disabilities can play together. "The lessons learned through play and organized sports have obviously been an important part of my life," said Leone. "For me, it's essential to empower others and create change. For 10 years, Boundless Playgrounds has made its mark. My personal goal is to build upon Boundless Playgrounds extraordinary record of success to bring the ideals of inclusive play for all to a whole new level." Leone joins a team of professionals led by Amy Jaffe Barzach, Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer.

For the full news release, go to http://www.boundlessplaygrounds.org/newsroom/index.php#1. For more information about Boundless Playgrounds, visit www.boundlessplaygrounds.org or call 860-243-8315.


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