Dancing Disability Lab

An immersive engagement in disability studies scholarship alongside movement exploration and choreographic inquiry.

Dancing Disability Lab

Two dancers face one another, standing closely together. A light skinned dancer (Bailey Anderson), dressed in a black turtleneck and sweats, raises her right arm, palm facing forward. A brown skinned dancer, Vanessa Nightsky Cruz, dressed in black leggings and a burgundy and black top looks out over her extended right arm, which stretches to her side, palm down. A mobility device, (AKA Pluto) rests behind Bailey.

Photo credit: Bailey Anderson, Vanessa Nightsky Cruz and Pluto. Courtesy UCLA


The Dancing Disability Lab, directed by Choreographer and UCLA professor Victoria Marks and co-led by India Harville, dancer/dance maker and equity advisor is returning with in-person dates planned for June 25-July 3, 2022 (pandemic pending).

The Lab continues its commitment to support the growth of artistic community amongst dance artists with disabilities, advocating for aesthetic perspectives informed by diverse corporeal experience. Based on the feedback and experiences of the 20-21 Lab cohort, the Lab has been reimagined with a participant-leadership structure.

The focus will be on sharing artistic practice, prompts for group movement and individual exploration, and questions for discussion, generated by artist participants and invited guests. Participants will engage one another through choreographic study and improvisation sessions to expand and deepen action languages while they consider how we represent, view, transform, and challenge ideas about the body and personhood. At the center of the program is the notion that aesthetic production (dance) can serve as a change agent for the continued progress of disability justice.

Seeking to align disability justice with creative practice, the Lab is committed to the project of providing an anti-racist, anti-ableist, non-binary, anti-ageist, environment for all, and to building a diverse cohort of artist-participants.

Facilities in UCLA’s Kaufman Hall include a dance studio, a quiet room, and a conference room. The Lab will supply nearby accessible accommodations and address all studio and discussion-based access needs with professional providers. All artist participants will receive a stipend and will have their travel and accommodations covered.

Artists with disabilities interested in joining the lab should fill in the Interest Form: https://dslabs.ucla.edu/labs/dancing-disability/interest/

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2022.

For Frequently Asked Questions:


The Dancing Disability Lab is a project of the Disability Inclusion Lab at UCLA and the Department of World Arts and Cultures Dance. It is funded by the School of Arts and Architecture and the office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mellon Foundation.


For inquiries and additional information, please contact:

Victoria Marks

Professor, Faculty Director: Dancing Disability Lab, Vice Chair of Undergraduate Affairs

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