Dancing Disability Video Archive

The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is excited to launch the Dancing Disability Video Archive in collaboration with the Dancing Disability Lab (directed by Victoria Marks), an online resource for engaging, preserving and sharing the rich contributions of disabled artists’ dances and video art. The archive offers a platform for artists, video makers, choreographers, dancers, dance companies and dance programs to access, share and develop literacy for works in the field. The combined effort of the NADC and the Disability Inclusion Lab are driven by a need for visibility and access to a body of work that has never before had a digital home.

The usefulness of this site will depend largely on the level of participation of the dance community. If you have a video you would like to add to the archive, please contact Beth Stoffmacher, NADC Arts Specialist at bstoffmacher@mednet.ucla.edu.

Please include in the body of your email the name of the work, choreographic and performance credits, the filmmaker and/or where the piece was performed, as appropriate. Your submission must be your own original work and affirm that you have obtained any and all consents, approvals or licenses required (including obtaining the written consent of all 3rd parties, where applicable).

Beth will send you instructions on how to upload the video onto YouTube, and a copyright release form which authorizes the University of California to make your video(s) available to the public online. The NADC requests that all videos submitted have Closed Captioning and Subtitles.

Closed captioning (CC) and subtitling are both processes of displaying text on a television, video screen, or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information. Both are typically used as a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including descriptions of non-speech elements.

Subtitles are "transcription or translation of the dialogue... when sound is available but not understood" by the viewer (for example, dialogue in a foreign language). Captions are "transcription or translation of the dialogue, sound effects, relevant musical cues, and other relevant audio information... when sound is unavailable or not clearly audible" (for example, when audio is muted or the viewer is deaf or hard of hearing).

About the National Arts and Disability Center
The mission of National Arts and Disability Center (NADC), is to promote the inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community. A particular interest of the NADC is to promote the professional development of artists with disabilities through access to educational, vocational and community activities, supports and networks.

About Dancing Disability
Dancing Disability is co-sponsored by World Arts and Cultures/Dance and the UCLA Disability Inclusion Lab which connects UCLA’s students, faculty, staff and community networks to examine themes that demand our attention, advocacy and re-invention. The need for a vibrant archive for videos of dancers and dance makers with disabilities was expressed by dancer/choreographer Alice Sheppard who served as a mentor for the 2019 Dancing Disability Lab. Ongoing interdisciplinary labs are designed to reframe our cultural understanding and practices around the concept of disability by creating action agendas for change.