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By Alyssa Thostesen ~~
From accepting identities outside of the gender binary to celebrating diverse body shapes, abilities, and aesthetics, the dance world has been slowly embracing the idea of otherness in studios and performance. We, as a community, have taken major steps towards inclusion since the early years of codified dance that were fixated on appearance and sought perfection found in the ideal dancer physique through years of exploring and committing to the notion of diversity. We must continue to learn and practice inclusivity to all facets of otherness, and embrace our differences, disabilities, race, cultures, and eccentricities to foster a bright and vibrant dance world. A universal design of space and culture centered on accessibility can help make this happen...
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