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035: Creating Inclusion and Belonging Through Dance and Beyond ft. Marisa Hamamoto, Infinite Flow


In this episode, I’m joined by Marisa Hamamoto, founder of Infinite Flow, to discuss how her journey of not feeling like she belonged led her to create spaces of inclusion and belonging for others. ---- Show notes & transcript: http://tiffanyyu.com/podcast/035--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/imtiffanyyu/message


11 May 2021

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When in Doubt, Focus Out | Marisa Hamamoto | Episode #29

Ballroom Chat

Marisa Hamamoto shares her journey and the struggles she overcame, from being an Asian American ballet dancer, sexual assault and rape in her teens and early twenties, suffering a spinal stroke and facing paralysis, and facing harsh rejection from the ballroom dance community and dance entertainment business. She and Samantha discuss the important questions ballroom dancers and studio owner should be asking of themselves, and steps that we can all take toward a more diverse, inclusive, and equal dance world. Marisa Hamamoto is the creator of Infinite Flow and Scoops of Inclusion. Infinite Flow is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and professional dance company composed of dancers with and without disabilities, using dance to promote inclusion and innovation. Scoops of Inclusion is a short film and learning platform led by multi-racial dancers with and without disabilities, empowering kids to celebrate differences and take part in creating a world where we each feel we belong. Support Marisa Hamamoto: https://www.marisahamamoto.com/ https://www.infiniteflowdance.org/ https://www.scoopsofinclusion.org/ Ways to Support the Podcast! Use the affiliate code "BallroomChat" on any subscription purchase at https://ballroombox.me to save 5% Use the affiliate code "BallroomChat" on any purchase at https://practiceballroomdance.com/shop/?ref=lovelivedance and save 10% now through the end of November 2020 Ways to see more from Love.Live.Dance and Ballroom Chat: https://www.lovelivedance.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/ballroomchat https://www.instagram.com/ballroomchat


4 Nov 2020

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226: Meet the Survivor Making Dance Accessible to Every Body w/ Marisa Hamamoto

The Marie Forleo Podcast

Ever feel like the odds are stacked against you? Marisa Hamamoto, founder of Infinite Flow dance company, shares her phenomenal story of overcoming exclusion, trauma, paralysis, PTSD, and the COVID-19 pandemic to bring her message of inclusion to the world — through dance. https://www.marieforleo.com/2020/10/infinite-flow-marisa-hamamoto/ Our brains process images 60 times faster than words and when you see the beauty of inclusion you see its potential. @marisahamamoto via @MarieForleo


5 Oct 2020

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Embrace It: Episode 14 - Marisa Hamamoto, So You Think You Can't Dance

EmBRACE IT With Lainie & Estela - Look Good + Feel Good = Living Your Best Life With Disabilities

Marisa Hamamoto is a stroke survivor, inclusion keynote speaker & performer, and Founder of Infinite Flow, a nonprofit and professional dance company composed of dancers with and without disabilities using dance to inspire inclusion and innovation. Her jaw dropping dance performances have gone viral and have been seen on the Today Show, GMA, PBS, Now This, Upworthy, ABC7 and more. Marisa's story and work is living proof that anyBODY can dance!Follow Infinite Flow on IG @infiniteflowdanceLearn more or book Infinite Flow on their websiteLooking for more great tips, hacks and blogposts? Visit: Trend-Able.comFind more info and CMT patient resources on: HNF-cure.orgEnjoying our content? Help others find our podcast and EmBrace their own challenges... move us up in Apple listings with a review! 


1 Oct 2020

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55. Using Dance to Inspire Inclusion & Innovation with Marisa Hamamoto

Power Your Purpose with Megan Accardo

I am so thrilled to welcome Marisa Hamamoto to the podcast this week. Marisa is a stroke survivor, inclusion keynote speaker & performer, and founder of 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 brought Infinite Flow to perform over 100 times from school assemblies to corporate events with big brands such as Apple, Red Bull, Facebook, and others.  They have been featured on NBC Today and Good Morning America and their videos have been viewed by more than 75 million people on Facebook alone.  Most recently in March 2020, adidas named Marisa one of nine women leaders “reimagining sport” for their International Women’s Day Campaign. Hit play and hear Marisa's incredible personal story about how she inspires others through inclusion and innovation, despite having to battle abuse, rejection and a life-threatening stroke. --- SUBSCRIBE to never miss an episode! This episode is sponsored by my brand new Power Productivity Planner. This FREE and detailed planner will give you everything you need to know to maximize your day! (Yes, even without the dreaded overwhelm.) Download your copy today!


14 Jul 2020

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We are all Vehicles of Expression - A Conversation with Inclusion Activist, Marisa Hamamoto

No Barriers

Hosts Jeff and Erik spoke with Marisa about her trajectory from a dancer to finding her voice and her own company, Infinite Flow. After 20 years of dancing ballet and contemporary dance in both the US and Japan, Marisa discovered and fell in love with ballroom dancing while recovering from spinal cord infarction, a rare stroke which caused her to be temporarily paralyzed from the neck down. In 2015, Marisa founded Infinite Flow, An Inclusive Dance Company, leading a global movement to make dance accessible to all and use dance to inspire inclusivity. She has brought Infinite Flow’s professional dancers with and without disabilities to perform at over 100 events, from school assemblies to corporate events with Apple, Red Bull, Porsche, Kaiser Permanente, and others. Infinite Flow’s videos have been viewed by over 50 Million people and she has been featured in over 100 media outlets including NBC Today, Good Morning America, Refinery 29, and others. Our team was introduced to Marisa when she came to a No Barriers Summit in 2017 and performed onstage with her then dance partner, Adelfo. They made such an impression on the crowd that we invited them back to perform at the NYC Summit in 2018. Together, Jeff, Erik, and Marisa explore how her own brush with disability informed her mission and how the adversity she experienced in her life has motivated her to find the dancer in everyone she meets. Check out Infinite Flow Join us in San Francisco for our 2020 No Barriers Summit. Follow Marisa on social channels: @infiniteflowdance #infiniteinclusion


17 Jul 2019

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Interview with Marisa Hamamoto


Creating a More Inclusive World PODCAST BY SILVA LAUKKANEN In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Marisa Hamamoto, founder and director of Infinite Flow, the first inclusive ballroom dance company in the US. She shares her myriad experiences with inclusion and why it became such an important concept for her, her difficult history pursuing dance before founding Infinite Flow, why the #MeToo conversation needs to be integrated more into the dance world, and how the discovery of ballroom put her on a new trajectory empowering herself and others to dance. Text by Emmaly Wiederholt http://stanceondance.com http://keshetarts.org http://www.infiniteflowdance.org https://www.danceusa.org http://bodyshift.org


12 Jun 2018

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PUSHLiving Podcast 013 | So you Wanna Dance? Marisa Hamamoto Infinite Flow A Wheelchair Dance Company

PUSHLiving.com Wheelchair Accessible Living

So what happens when you are a dancer, professionally or in training and you suddenly and unexpectedly become paralyzed? Well, that is the story of our next guest, who went on to fulfill a destiny that will change how many view people with disabilities and often, how they view themselves through the power of dance.

2 Feb 2017

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Marisa Hamamoto: Founder and Artistic Director of Infinite Flow - A wheel chair dance company

The Barretender

After overcoming temporary paralysis, this professional dancer created Infinite Flow, America's first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company


13 Dec 2016

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Marisa Hamamoto: From Paralyzed to Dancing, How to Beat All the Odds

Live Your Dance Podcast

Episode 16: How to Beat All the Odds and Keep Dancing, with Marisa HamamotoAfter being rejected as a ballerina, becoming paralyzed in the middle of a contemporary dance class, and now being back on her feet dancing professionally as a ballroom dancer, Marisa Hamamoto has seen a lot in her lifetime. She’s now dedicated to giving back, and has founded America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, Infinite Flow, for that specific purpose. In our episode together, we dive into the struggles she faced along her path to becoming a professional dancer, and what it took from her to maintain a positive outlook, even when she was paralyzed from the neck down and told she may never walk again. And while it still took her 3-4 years to recover psychologically, spiritually, and socially from the trauma and paralysis (PTSD), she was victorious and is using her experience to help others today. Listen in for more of her story here: bit.ly/LiveYourDance-mkIn this episode we get to dive into… How she faced set back after set back on her path to becoming a professional dancerHow she dealt with becoming paralyzed from the neck down in the middle of a contemporary dance class, and being told that she may never walk againHow she climbed out of her depression while still in the hospital at the beginning of her diagnosisHow she regained mobility after two months of being completely paraylzedHow she faced the fear that at any time, this paralysis may return againHow she overcame her fear of dancing itself after regaining her mobility againWhy it took her so long to “be ok with actually being ok” after her incidentHow she started “Infinite Flow,” America’s first wheelchair professional ballroom dance companyHow she’s changed her story to create an empowering meaning, versus one that maintains fear and limitationHow she used her basic daily functions as a measure for improvement and hope during recovery (16:50)How her mindset was KEY to her recoveryHow she figured out how to make her rehab fit her personal style, and really enjoy it from that point forwardHow her paralysis transformed the rest of her life, and her attitude towards life and dance (26:00)The big wake up call that Marisa got while in the hospital (28:00)What it was exactly that attracted Marisa to Salsa and BallroomWhat were the top lessons she learned from going through her paralysisHow afraid she used to be to tell her story, and how she grew to learn about the power of sharing her experience with othersHow dance can help break down age/race/ability barriers Referred to in the ‘cast…From dystonia to dance (video): After medicine failed him, one man found hope for his condition through movement and dance.Pierre Dulaine: Dancing Classrooms Where to find Marisa online: MarisaHamamoto.comInfiniteFlowDance.orgDonate to Infinite Flow Here

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7 Feb 2016