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, founded and directed by Choreographer and UCLA Professor Victoria Marks returns in 2023 with artists Kayla Hamilton (artist facilitator) and India Harville (access and equity facilitator) in the leads. The Lab will be held in-person at UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall, July 17-24, 2023.

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. Continuing with a participant-leadership structure, participants will share artistic practice, prompts for group movement and individual exploration. Discussions will be generated by artist participants. 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 support a diverse community of artist-participants.

The public is invited to a free informal sharing on Sunday, July 23rd at 1:00 pm in Kaufman Hall room 208.

Artist participants include… (see web page) https://dslabs.ucla.edu/labs/dancing-disability/2023-cohort/

The Dancing Disability Lab operates with support from the Mellon Foundation and UCLA’s Division of Undergraduate Education, School of the Arts and Architecture, and Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion.



For inquiries and additional information, please contact:

Victoria Marks

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