Beyond the Wheelchair: The Experience of Dance

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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This phenomenological case study sought to understand the wheelchair dance experiences of five children (ages 6-14 years) with spina bifida. The experiences of one boy and four girls were captured using the phenomenological methods of semistructured interviews, journals, visual artifacts, and field notes. The perspectives of their parents were also gathered. The dancer data and parent data were analyzed separately, revealing four common themes: unconditional acceptance, a dream comes true, beyond the wheelchair, and a stronger self. The experience of dancing from a wheelchair was interpreted and understood by reflecting upon the concepts of ableism, dualism, and the minded body.

The authors are with the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5B2. E-mail: donna.goodwin@usask.ca.

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