Author Archives: Wheelchair Dancer

Body Matters: A Bow

“It’s nice to see you outside,” the woman’s voice said. I looked at her. She didn’t seem familiar. And what did she mean … how could she not have been seeing me outside? I was a little thrown, “I’m sorry. … Continue reading

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Weapons Scientists and Surgically Altered Actresses

You’d think they had nothing in common, right? You’d be wrong about that. But perhaps the only way to discover the connection is, as I did, to become an American citizen. Dressed appropriately, the Wizard, a couple of friends and … Continue reading

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Just Who You Callin’ White

I’m still processing this one — so there’s not much in the way of analysis here. It has always been fun for me to experience the myriad ways disability “whitens” me as I go about life in the mainstream (i.e., … Continue reading

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Totally Cringe-worthy Dance

After many of our performances, the dancers of our company come back on stage for a Q and A or talkback or something. It’s my least favourite part of the job. I like the protection of the stage and the … Continue reading

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On The Cover

Do you remember the picture in National Geographic of the so-called Afghan girl? The photograph, taken by Steve McCurry, was of Sharbat Gula; her image adorned the cover of a 1985 issue of National Geographic (The link is to National … Continue reading

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Life Isn’t A Rehearsal: Introduction/Prologue

“Life isn’t a rehearsal” is one of my father’s favourite sayings — that and “better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.” (No, I don’t know what it means.) At every significant point in my life, I … Continue reading

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