Oct 16, 2023
Content note: This episode contains mentions of sexual assault,
describes a stroke and recovery, and has occasional swearing.
Marisa Hamamoto is the first professional dancer to be named as
one of People Magazine’s "Women Changing the World." Her
award-winning nonprofit and professional dance company, Infinite
Flow, employs disabled and nondisabled artists with a mission to
foster inclusion. Marisa is also a stroke survivor who is autistic
and has PTSD.
During this episode, you will hear Marisa talk about:
- Her lifelong passion for dancing, despite facing bias and
exclusion within the dance world
- How a heartbreaking rejection by her dance school classmates
inspired her to make a boldly inclusive decision, and showed her
how small actions can lead to big change
- The life-changing stroke that paralyzed her for months, and the
long process of healing from the physical and mental trauma that
- How a salsa dance performance in Japan rekindled her passion
and confidence as a dancer
- Her dancing partnership with a disabled athlete that inspired
her to found Infinite Flow
- How she was diagnosed with PTSD and autism as an adult – and
reflecting on her life, now knowing that she’s autistic
You can also find out more about Marisa on her website MarisaHamamoto.com and connect with her on LinkedIn and Instagram.
Watch Infinite Flow Dance performances at InfiniteFlowDance.org/portfolio.
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