Infinity Dance Theater has a strong tradition
of bringing meaningful educational experiences to young people and adults around the world.
The ensemble's professional excellence teaches everyone that disabled and non-disabled
individuals are far more similar than they are different from each other, and that disability
does not signal inability nor does it diminish talent.
Infinity is often contacted by young people with disabilities interested in studying dance,
but they find that most doors are closed to their pursuit of this goal. For this reason, Kitty
Lunn has designed a training program that gives educators hands-on, step-by-step instruction
in the transposition technique she has developed for dancers with disabilities. This program
teaches dance educators how to transpose the same ballet, modern, or jazz dance technique they
are already teaching, thus encouraging the inclusion of students using wheelchairs into regular
dance classes and performances.
Dance teachers begin to understand key similarities and
differences between dancers with and without disabilities. Through first-hand use of wheelchairs
designed for dance, they learn basic wheeling, partnering, and choreographic technique in the
context of ballet and the modern dance styles of Graham, Horton, Taylor, and Muller.
Over the past year, teacher training workshops have been held in collaboration with:
New York State Council on the Arts, New York University,
National Dance Education Organization, and Northern Westchester Center for the Arts in the
New York City metro area;
National Dance Education Organization in the Washington,
D.C. area; and
Crotched Mountain School of New Hampshire.
Kitty Lunn and other
members of Infinity's ensemble illustrate the principles of transposing ballet and
modern dance techniques and demonstrate how dancers with and without disabilities can work
together in a mainstream class or performance. Lecture demonstrations reach students with
and without disabilities, dance and special educators, and general audiences of all ages.
The content is customized depending on the specific needs of the participants and host
organization. Kitty Lunn shares her own inspiring personal experiences as part of the
Photo: Dan Demetriad
Programs for Young People
programs customized to each school's needs and grade levels. Program options include
teacher training sessions, a program on diversity and inclusion hosted by Kitty Lunn,
or a lecture demonstration for any number of students. Some schools have chosen to add
even more depth to the experience by arranging a series of visits by Infinity as part
of a long-term initiative.
Kitty Lunn delivers
inspiring and informative addresses well-suited for special occasions such as galas,
corporate events, and community programs - ranging in size from an exclusive private
gathering to a large venue seating thousands.
To learn about booking Infinity,
please contact Chris Frerichs at (917) 204-8294 or by email at: