"Who Said You Can't Dance"
a documentary by David Block
If you think that a wheelchair user is incapable of dancing, then think again.
Wheelchair users, whether athletically mobile or not can learn to dance with a standing partner.
This documentary brings wheelchair users and standing partners together. Whether the wheelchair users choose to dance competitively or not, the activity puts them in a world without limits. They were taught to believe that their disabilities would limit them, and now doing something that they thought they would never be able to do exposes them to a world of possibility.
Why is this documentary important?
People with disabilities are often told that they cannot do certain things and the real tragedy is that they believe it.
Too many people with disabilities lead inactive lives. According to the journal "Disability Scoop", a study finds that nearly half of adults with disabilities are physically inactive putting their health in serious jeopardy. Click HERE for more information.
"Who Said You Can't Dance" counters the myth that wheelchair users are helpless and incapable of leading active lives. This documentary illustrates that dancing is fun and inclusive and easy. In addition, the film shows that standing is not a prerequisite for dancing.
What makes this project unique?
David Block made the award-winning wheelchair dance documentary "Dancing Outside the Box" (2012), which focused on wheelchair users who possess athleticism and agility. The people in "Who Said You Can't Dance" have more severe disabilities. It is harder for many of them to even move their wheelchairs by themselves, so to break through that barrier and dance is a great victory for them.
While "Dancing Outside the Box" showed that wheelchair users can dance competitively, this project shows how certain wheelchair users begin to feel part of society just by learning to dance, and that wheelchair dancing is not only for elite athletes.
"Who Said You Can't Dance" demonstrates to less agile wheelchair users that the dance floor can be their arena too.
Why does the project need funding?
"Who Said You Can't Dance" is in postproduction. Money is needed to edit, complete, and make copies of this work (DVDs with full color packaging & USB drives), as well as distribute it to facilities that cater to people with disabilities.
This project does not have a funding source, the filmmaker is paying for it out of pocket so all donations will go toward defraying expenses and paying the crew.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER:
David Block is legally blind, yet he has made seven documentaries, some of which have won film festival awards and been televised. You can review his work at www.blindfilmmaker.com.
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