Wheelchair Salsa and Latin Dancing Comes to San Diego this August!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

If you’ve followed Ritmo Bello in the past you may remember a saying that I used to post on my old website that read “If you can walk, you can dance!” Well, I’m pleased to report that I’ve been wrong all this time.  Let me explain.

Absolutely Dance Sport, a specialized dance studio catering to the disabled here in San Diego, opens its doors on August 5th , 2008. The focus of the new studio is to bring more attention to a growing movement called Wheelchair DanceSport .  Wheelchair DanceSport is a partner dance competition where at least one dancer in the pair is in a wheelchair.

Wheelchair dancing is not actually new. Since 1977, international competitions in Wheelchair Dance Sport have been organized and supported by organizations like the International Paralympic Wheelchair Dance Sport Committee and International DanceSport Federation.  There is even an American Dance Wheels logo similar to the NBA’s iconic sign as seen below:

Dancing Wheels Logo

Wheelchair dancers participate in combination style dancing with an able-bodied partner or duo dance with two wheelchairs. The dances that are performed with wheelchairs pretty much are the same ones that a non-disabled couple can perform. That means that a wheelchair dancer could dance salsa, samba, cha cha cha, rumba, paso doble, and other popular Latin dances.

I found this tango video especially captivating to watch:

My immediate reaction to all this is that I am very thankful that there are people in the community concerned with bringing dance to the disabled population. Indeed, if I were ever in a position where I needed to rely on a wheelchair I would most likely seek out this studio to be around empowered individuals passionate about salsa and latin dancing.

Please visit the Absolutely DanceSport Studio here in San Diego for more information and let them know you heard about the organization from Ritmo Bello .  Thanks.

John F. Bello

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