History makes one aware that there is no finality in human affairs; there is not a static perfection or an unimproveable wisdom to be achieved. -Bertrand Russell

The worlds of dance, disability and medicine came together in a wonderful way today. Tamar, myself and the dancers of Balletvale+ visited Valencia’s premier’s dance company, Generalitat Valenciana. With any traditional dance company, the professional dancers would have taught the dancers with disabilities, but the work that Tamar and I do is anything but traditional. For the last two days we have been preparing the Balletvale+ dancers by teaching them “Body Scripting.” Today we asked them to be choreographers for the professional dancers  of Generalitat Valenciana and develop choreography using the lessons they have learned during our sessions.

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We have been talking to the teachers and PT’s at Balletvale+ about developing methods and techniques that would work to change the habitual patterns of their dancers with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. It’s also important to realize however, that classically trained dancers also have extremely entrenched habitual patterns that have been developed over years of consistent, repetitive training. Maybe dancers and people with cerebral palsy have more in common then they realize. Their both, in their own way, experts on their own body with very specific body intelligences.

So much happened today, but words are failing me at the moment. Maybe I’ll let these images speak for me. Enjoy and more tomorrow.

Gregg & Tamar

Dancers from Generalitat Valencia, Teatre i Dansa

Dancers from Generalitat Valencia, Teatre i Dansa


The Balletvale+ choreographers give “body scripts” to professional dancers



Dancers perform the choreography of the Balletvale+ choreographers


The Balletvale+ dancers join the dancers of Generalitat Valenciana

The Balletvale+ dancers join the dancers of Generalitat Valencia



Shoulder blade to shoulder blade


Sternum and the back of the knee



The entire ensemble


  • Andrea sherry

    Are you performing in the UK?

    • Gregg Mozgala

      We don’t have any immediate plans to perform in Europe. This was the first international trip for the documentary, and we hope to have many more.

  • Andrea sherry

    Other than Spain where will you be performing?

  • Margot

    It’s so true what you said about able bodied dancers. Everybody has habitual patterns that can be helped by this work. I know people who favor one side of their body way more than I do and they are not disabled.


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