July 16, 2020 Update:
I'm guessing you following me through the Refinery 29 video. Thank you for visiting my campaign. Long story short, the R29 x adidas video was supposed to initially get published late March, but due to the Covid-19 and civil unrest, it got postponed. In the meantime, I quietly reached my initial funding goal of $30k for Purpose Driven Dance on March 23 amidst Covid-19 madness. However, I had to postpone the event altogether. I'm planning for Feb-Mar 2021, but have not set the date yet. In the meantime, if you are reading this, I'm guessing you have interest in my work. Here are a couple ways you can further engage and support me:
1. Leave your name and email and sign up for my newsletter at my personal website. I have some exciting virtual events coming up in partnership with a couple big brands and would love to have you there.
2. Follow me on Instagram and connect with me on LinkedIn.
3. Book me/us to speak or perform at your next event. Write to me directly: Marisa@InfiniteFlowDance.org
4. If you would like to leave a tax-deductible donation, yes I definitely won't say no to that :). All donations July-Aug through this iFundwomen campaign will go towards supporting the Infinite Flow School Assembly program, which we are now in the process of producing a school assembly based video program that will be available to elementary schools across the country for FREE. You can make the contribution on this page.
Thank you again for your support!!!
xo Marisa Hamamoto
Purpose Driven Dance
May 24-25, 2020
(Event postponed due to Covid-19)
Purpose Driven Dance is a conference that brings together a community of people who seek to use dance and movement as a force for good. Placing diversity, inclusion, and accessibility at the forefront, Purpose Driven Dance will bring together a community of dancers, athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs, and provide an unforgettable experience where you get to hear directly from purpose driven leaders, explore your calling, and dance towards a purpose bigger than yourself. Hosted by Infinite Flow and open to movers of all abilities, all levels, and all walks of life, the 2-day event (originally scheduled for May 24-25, 2020, now postponed to Spring 2021 due to Covid-19) in Los Angeles will include performances, panels, movement workshops, breakout sessions, and tons of opportunities to network and rally a community around what matters to you.
About Infinite Flow
Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and professional dance company composed of dancers with and without disabilities using dance to inspire inclusion. Since 2015, Infinite Flow’s professional dancers have performed over 100 times, from school assemblies to corporate events with Apple, Facebook, Red Bull, Porsche, Kaiser Permanente, Farmer's Insurance, among others. Their dance videos have been viewed by over 75 Million people on Facebook alone, and they have been featured by NBC Today, ABC Good Morning America, among other national and international media outlets. Infinite Flow was founded by Marisa Hamamoto, a professional dancer and stroke survivor who was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down while a college student. Infinite Flow is available for performances, keynotes, panels, accessibility & inclusion workshops, and school assemblies.
According to some studies, over half of Americans are currently unhappy at work (Conference Board, 2018), and 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness (American Institute of Mental Health, 2017). We also live in an age where people zone out on their gadgets for hours. Dance can make a difference in today’s world. But, when I look around, I see so many dancers go down the rabbit hole of comparing themselves to others, labeling themselves a failure for not landing that one job, and getting caught up in just paying bills.
Dance is so much more than that. When in doubt, focus out. When I aligned my passion for dance with the purpose of creating inclusion, I found fulfillment in my work. Doors I didn’t even know existed opened and my network expanded. Now, I’m ready to help you also find purpose in the work you do.
100% funds raised will go towards producing the first Purpose Driven Dance Conference and growing the movement and community proceeding the conference.
We are also seeking food, beverage, airline, and travel sponsors to help cover travel costs for school assemblies outside of the Southern California region. Contact Marisa@InfiniteFlowDance.org should you be a potential travel sponsor.
Some of Our Dancers
Marisa Hamamoto - Founder, CEO, Artistic Director, Infinite Flow
Tony Adkins, PA-C - The "dancing doc" you've see dancing with kids in the hospital all over social media
Lucy Wallace - Founder, Dance To Be Free. Bringing dance to women in prisons.
JoAnn Jansen - Special needs parent and choreographer for many classic dance films you have seen
** More speakers will be added shortly.
Movement Workshop Leaders Include
Lucy Wallace - Founder, Dance To Be Free. Bringing dance to women in prisons.
Akemi Walsh - Master hula instructor
** More movement leaders will be added shortly.
adidas x iFundwomen
This campaign has been supported through a partnership between adidas x iFundwomen. Infinite Flow founder Marisa Hamamoto was selected by adidas as 1 of 9 women leaders across the globe "reimagining sport" representing adidas' International Women's Day campaign 2020.
About Marisa Hamamoto - Founder
While a college student, Marisa suffered a stroke in her spinal cord that temporarily paralyzed her from the neck down. This life changing incident eventually led her to create Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and professional dance company, composed of dancers with and without disabilities using dance to inspire inclusion and innovation. Since 2015, Marisa has led Infinite Flow’s dancers to perform at over 100 events, from school assemblies to corporate events with Apple, Facebook, Red Bull, Porsche, Farmer’s Insurance, International Monetary Fund, Kaiser Permanente, among others. Her videos have been viewed by over 75 Million people on Facebook alone with Sheryl Sandberg and George Takei being amongst the public figures that have shared her work, and she has been featured on NBC Today, ABC Good Morning America, among other media outlets. Marisa and wheelchair ballroom world champion Piotr Iwanicki made history by being the first dancers to perform at Apple’s Steve Jobs Theater with CEO Tim Cook in the audience, and has also been a social impact fellow with Red Bull Amaphiko and Facebook Community Leadership Program. Marisa is a leader, artist, and speaker on the rise looking to empower people through dance and storytelling to think outside the box, disable bias, build new connections, and create breakthrough innovations.
We have each had the experience of being excluded, whether it was not being invited to a birthday party or being rejected from a job application. Perhaps some of these incidents came as a result of bias and being judged on your identity. At the same time, we have each experienced fear of going into the unknown, whether it's the fear of connecting with new people perceived different from ourselves, or embarking on a new job or activity. But the interesting thing is when you collaborate with someone "different" from yourself, there is no choice but to get a little creative to make things work. This is why INCLUSION INSPIRES INNOVATION. And more interesting, when you embrace inclusion, you embrace your own uniqueness. Now imagine a world where inclusion is a given... this is the culture we are incubating with our #InfiniteInclusion school assembly programs.
If you have questions, please contact
Checks can be written to "Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company" and sent to:
14622 Ventura Blvd, #102-373
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Note: This is a PO Box, not a physical location. We do not yet have our own brick and mortar dance studio and rent space around the LA region for our rehearsals and classes.
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