Marisa Hamamoto, a dancer, founder and artistic director of Infinite Flow from California, knew all too well what it was like to be different from a young age.
She grew up during the 80s and 90s in Irvine, California as the only Asian-American kid at her school. As a result she was occasionally bullied for the color of her skin and the shape of her eyes.
During her senior year, Marisa was a dance major at a performing arts school.
“None of my classmates chose me to be part of their work for the end-of-the-year Student Choreography Showcase” she said.
Marisa stood alone in tears in front of the casting notice that was pinned on the department bulletin board.
“I then realized that there were 10 other dancers in the lower grades who were also excluded.”
She wiped away her tears, took out a pen and added the ten dancers as cast members for her her own production.
“This was my first act of inclusion!” she recalled. Continue reading “Infinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance Company is helping people of all abilities find their inner dancer”