Is disabled dance a part of our ‘cultural heritage’?
It is undeniable that the arts, broadly understood, hold great importance in contemporary society. Dance, as part of the arts, has know a long history. Whereas ‘disabled dance’ has a much shorter history. ‘Differently-abled’ people, still remain in a precarious position when it comes to being valued as producers and disseminators of creative works.
The paper below considers the position of disabled dance in law and society by asking the overarching question: Is disabled dance a part of our ‘cultural heritage’? An important question for this art-form. Recognition as part of our cultural heritage is a legal recognition that signals not only that we value this art-form, but that it deserves some form of protection and/or active support.
Authors: Shawn H.E. Harmon, Charlotte Waelde & Sarah Whatley