Why, with little or no sight would one choose an art form that requires so much visual acuity? How do they learn the steps? Navigate the space? Hold their balance? What inner strength is required to dance blind?
This film follows 5 dancers, amateur and professional, aged 7 to 80, as they introduce us into their world of dance. Ballet, country western, modern, ballroom and tap are all represented.
It reminds us that limitations should never be placed on people that would deprive them of traits we all share: the need to connect to one’s environment, to one’s inner rhythm and to each other.
Close your eyes and try it. You’ll never look at dance the same way again.
A sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts
“Stevens delivers a beautiful, riveting and valuable film. Stories that break your heart and lift your spirits.” - Bruce Marks, Director, Orlando Ballet
“We Also Dance eloquently reminds us that when people’s urge to dance is profound, even the loss of eyesight can’t daunt them. By showing us what the subjects of this stirring documentary “see” and how they perceive space, filmmaker Nancy Stevens makes us feel behind their every achievement the patience, courage, and struggle that have made it possible. The fact that sentimentality is absent makes the film all the more moving. “ - Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice