Congratulations Apple for being awarded the Business & Technology Award at the Disability Rights Legal Center gala last night. Thank you for choosing Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company as a cause auction recipient for an Apple Watch Series 3. Infinite Flow Founder Marisa Hamamoto & Guest Artist Piotr Iwanicki represented Infinite Flow last night with a last minute Cha Cha Cha performance and short Everybody-Dance session. Thank you Apple for continually creating & innovating technology that everyone, including people with disabilities can use. This was a great launch to our partnership, and I look forward to creatively & collaboratively finding ways to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities through intersecting technology and the arts. For more on Apply and its Accessibility features, visit: https://www.apple.com/accessibility/ For more on DRLC, visit: http://drlcenter.org/
Thank you Linwood E. Howe Elementary School for inviting us to do a morning of school assemblies for the 2nd year in a row for #DisabilityAwarenessMonth. We are infinitely different but can unite as one... You can achieve your dream if you put your mind to it... This assembly reminded us of why Infinite Flow exists - to influence the current and next generation. If you would like to have Infinite Flow come out to your child’s school for assemblies and workshops, please email InfiniteFlowDance@gmail.com
Big High Ten to Infinite Flow dancers Auti Angel, Shaheem Royal Sanchez, Piotr Iwanicki, Marisa Hamamoto for putting on a super awesome school show :)
Oct 18, 2017 - Update
Wow! Miss Natoli Kindergarten Class at Linwood E. Howe Elementary sent us some notes and drawings they made after watching our school assembly. So cute! And so happy that we are influencing and inspiring the next generation to #BeINFINITE. If you would like Infinite Flow to perform at your school, contact InfiniteFlowDance@gmail.com. If you would like to support Infinite Flow to produce school assemblies at Title 1 schools where funding is tight, make a contribution HERE. Great work again to the Infinite Flow Dancers at Lin Howe's Oct 4 Assembly: Marisa Hamamoto, Shaheem Royal Sanchez, Auti Angel, & Piotr Iwanicki.
The Sept 24 flashmob marked the celebration of Infinite Flow's renewed mission statement to empower people to #BeINFINITE through dance and human connection. 150 amazing human beings came together to celebrate diversity, inclusion, love, and peace. Thank you to our sponsors Ovation TV & Artists for Trauma for helping make this happen, and thank you to our friends at Red Bull & DanceOn for helping create a buzz.
& Oh My!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you George Takei for sharing the NowThis video with your 10M fans. I randomly ran into George & Brad Takei back in August in San Diego, then ended up joining them for JACL dinner that night. Thank you George for being an advocate for inclusion and sharing the Japanese American story. Inclusion & Representation counts people!!!
Thank you Esther Tseng for writing this beautiful article on Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company in GOOD Magazine. And thank you for visiting us on the Sept 3 workshop and social. All photos by Michael Hansel (aka Magic Uncle Mike). We have a long ways to go, but grateful for the progress we have made over the last year.
Humbled and honored to be featured on Refinery 29 with Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company, then have Dance Spirit Magazine and BroadwayWorld.com pick up the story. I have been following Dance Spirity since a little kid. Thank you Annie & Jack for producing such a beautiful video. I cried through watching it. We are just one years old, so much more to go. Breaking barriers artistically. Here are the links to the articles and the video below.
Refinery 29: You've GOT to See These Dancers in Action
Dance Spirit Magazine News: These Wheelchair Dancers Will Blow Your Mind
BroadwayWorld.com: Infinite Flow Wheelchair Dance Company Breaks Through Artistic Barriers
Celebrating 1 Year with Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company with an amazing gift: I got featured on the N'Courage Blog by Rock'n Robin Productions headed by ABC Good Morning America long time anchor and a personal idol Robin Roberts. N'Couraged & Honored... More to come.
Read the blog post HERE
Happy #NationalDanceDay from Infinite Flow! We believe everyone has a dancer inside of them. We believe quality dance instruction should be accessible to everyone. We break barriers socially and artistically. We are a community where each person can thrive and make a difference. We are not just a dance company, but a vehicle for social change. We 100% support National Dance Day's campaign to encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. Thank you to everyone who participated in our video. Special thank you to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (Santa Barbara). Let's keep dancing & celebrating life!
We continue to celebrate #NationalDanceDay and here we are dancing the official 2016 National Dance Day Routine with #NigelLythgoe, creator of So You Think You Can Dance, Co-Founder of Dizzy Feet Foundation, and founder of National Dance, at the PERVERSE sunglasses #iconGirl launch party honoring #LucyMeyer, Official Spokesperson for the Special Olympics -- USA Fund for UNICEF Partnership to help children with disabilities arond the world. Get your #TeamLucyMeyer limited edition sunglasses! $50 per pair, 100% proceeds goes towards UNICEF USA Fund.
ere is the link to purchase: http://perversesunglasses.com/pages/icon-girl
And Nigel & SYTYCD retweets our video! What an honor!
Thank you to NBC NYC Correspondent Morgan Radford for finding and curating Infinite Flow during your busy schedule in Los Angeles. We were truly honored! Infinite Flow is still new, but we are committed to spreading our work across the nation and sharing our love for dance to all. Our mission is to break barriers artistically and socially through innovation in wheelchair dancing.
Infinite Flow had a great time performing and hanging out at the Hand in Hand All Abilities Fair.
Thank you to the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue for your invitation. What a beautiful fun event for all abilities, all ages, all families. Nice work Infinite Flow Pro & Infinite Flow Kids. And we made it on the front page of The Malibu Times. Thank you to our volunteers and staff. Let's do this again!
Thank you to Fox 11 & reporter Gina Silva for this opportunity to be on Good Day LA. 4 live Segments total: 6:30am, 7:30am, 8:15am, 9:45am, showing a variety of our activities in the studio. Great job to all the dancers who came out early morning in good spirits. Our mission is to break barriers artistically and socially through excellence and innovation in wheelchair dancing. Though we are still a small community and only 1 Years Old, we look forward to building creative communities promoting inclusion globally. For more info and to get involved with Infinite Flow (and we definitely need all the support we can), please visit: www.InfiniteFlowDance.org Many Blessings!!
Choreography: Marisa Hamamoto (Ballroom) Filippo Calvagno (Hip Hop)
Japanese essay I wrote for my alma mater Keio University journal "Mita Hyoron". Time to read and write more in Japanese lol. Thank you to Keio University for choosing me to write this short column about my thoughts and activities on Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company. My 8 years in Japan were well spent soul searching and finding my voice and identity as a dancer and Japanese woman. I am blessed to be bilingual and bicultural. Full article below
Thank you to life coach, author, and dancer Molly King for featuring me on the Live Your DancePodcast. It's an hour long interview about my story from Rejection to Paralysis, Professional Dancer to founding Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company.
Listen to the Podcast here:
Live Your Dance Episode #16: How to Beat All the Odds and Keep Dancing, with Marisa Hamamoto
"In this episode of Live Your Dance, after being rejected as a ballerina, becoming paralyzed in the middle of a contemporary dance class, and now being back on her feet dancing professionally as a ballroom dancer, Marisa Hamamoto has seen a lot in her lifetime. She’s now dedicated to giving back, and has founded America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company, for that specific purpose. In our episode together, we dive into the struggles she faced along her path to becoming a professional dancer, and what it took from her to maintain a positive outlook, even when she was paralyzed from the neck down and told she may never walk again. And while it still took her 3-4 years to recover psychologically, spiritually, and socially from the trauma and paralysis (PTSD), she was victorious and is using her experience to help others today."
Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company was featured in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Thank you to SFVBJ reporter Champaign Williams
She quotes me at the end of the article "Wheelchair dancing is still very rare and it's still not something you think of when you think of a couple dancing... We are a minority right now but hopefully we're able to break these barriers and eventually dancing with someone in a wheelchair, a power chair, or even crutches will be a natural thing..."
Note: For anyone who reads the article, we moved our Open House from March 3 to March 24.
It was an honor for Infinite Flow dancers Marisa Hamamoto and Adelfo Cerame Jr. to be part of the Limitless exhibition at theWorld Latin Dance Cup. Thank you for Albert Torres for producing this event and creating this division showcasing the talents of dancers with various disabilities. Infinitely Limitless it is!
Congratulation to all the performers last night! Everyone's dancing just keeps getting better and better, proof that Everyone Can Dance and It's Never Too Late or Too Early to start dancing. Congratulations to all the dancers, Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company & Sexy Salsa Ballroom. Thank you to all the volunteers and production staff of the evening, and thank you to everyone who came out and supported us! Our mission is to support rehabilitation and improve the quality of life of people of all abilities. We break barriers and create an inclusive environment! I'm excited to start planning for the next year. Two Left Feet or Two Left Wheels, it doesn't matter, come out and dance with us!!!
Photos by Michael Hansel & Erin Fuentes