A New Definition of Dance

USF Dance Students learn how to dance using wheelchairs and crutches in a class during "A New Definition of Dance" (courtesy Tom Kramer).
A New Definition of Dance

A group of renowned mixed ability – disabled and able-bodied – dancers from across the globe gathered at the University of South Florida recently for an event called “A New Definition of Dance.” University Beat on WUSF TV has highlights.

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Mixed Ability Dancers Come Together At USF

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"Lazylegz" on Teaching Breakdancing

Merry Lynn Morris, an instructor & advisor in the USF School of Theatre & Dance, says an event that brings so many "mixed ability" dancers like "A New Definition of Dance" did is pretty rare.


Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli, who appeared at the University of South Florida for "A New Definition of Dance," talks about the challenges he sometimes faces teaching breakdancing as a disabled person to non-disabled people.

More Information: 

"A New Definition of Dance" website

USF School of Theatre and Dance
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VSA Florida
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University Beat radio report

Photo album from "A New Definition of Dance"

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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017. In addition to serving as a producer, reporter, host and assistant news director, he serves as Intern Coordinator for WUSF News. Mark has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Telecommunications/Radio in 1994.

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