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Alice Sheppard        

Artistic Director of Kinetic Light; Disabled Dancer & Expert on the Intersections of Disability, Arts, Gender and Race

Alice Sheppard is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, as well as a choreographer and dancer in the company.

Sheppard took her first dance class in order to make good on a dare: After his final performance, disabled dancer Homer Avila challenged Sheppard to begin to dance. She did, and she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship at the Pennsylvania State University in order to begin a career in dance.

Sheppard studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship, Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, where she toured and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. Since becoming an independent artist, Sheppard has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the United States. Her choreography has been commissioned by Full Radius Dance (2019), CRIPSiE (2016), and MOMENTA (2019, 2016 and 2014).

As an emerging and Bessie award-winning choreographer, Sheppard creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging disability arts, culture, and history, she is intrigued by the intersections of disability, gender, and race. In addition to performance and choreography, Sheppard is a sought-after speaker and has lectured on topics related to disability arts, race and dance. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and in academic journals.


Meet Disabled Dancers Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson
These disabled dancers are bringing an entirely new form of representation to the art form.
Disability is not a deficit. It is a powerful creative force | Opinion
Alice Sheppard founded Kinetic Light, a dance ensemble led entirely by disabled artists, in 2016 to push back against how mainstream media often portray ...
Opinion | I Dance Because I Can - The New York Times
By Alice Sheppard. Ms. Sheppard is a choreographer and dancer. Feb. ... Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson rehearsing at the Whitney Museum. They are at ...

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