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The positioning of the body above the shoulders is quite intentional as well; for example, when the standing dancers rise to relevé, Lunn suggests that dancers in wheelchairs lift their chest, neck, and head, focusing their eyes in a slightly elevated position.
Lunn said about her transposing for dancers like herself in wheelchairs that, “We are doing the same thing, differently.” While most are, not every student and professional dancer with Infinity is a wheelchair user.
The chairs are of lighter weight than average, with a sports chair base and a low back with as close to a 90-degree angle as possible.
The chairs do not have brakes and would not be very comfortable or proper for everyday use, but make moving gracefully much easier for disabled dancers.
Lunn broke her back and was told she would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Still, she was determined to return to dancing despite the disability—as, she noted, it was exploding out of her, she needed to do it.
When Lunn posed the idea to de Mille, she replied, "You have to learn to dance in the body you have." While this didn't mean much at the time to the body-conscious teenage Lunn, after her accident occurred, she took this mantra to heart and used it to motivate herself and her students who often struggle with their own body perceptions.
"A dancer's body is their instrument," Lunn said.
Many of the dancers have extremely customized wheelchairs that are designed to facilitate easier movement for dancing.To that, Lunn said, “I think the worst form of discrimination ever is someone judging what a person is capable of learning.” Lunn's own teaching style is rooted in classical dance technique, and is modified from what she herself learned as a classically trained ballet dancer before her accident.She transposes traditional dance techniques to fit her ability, and in that way stays true to the art of dance.Fear of failure and rejection held Lunn back from pursuing what was once as natural as breathing to her, but she committed to moving forward.Just participating in the class, however, proved challenging to Lunn—not because of her physical limitations but because of the attitudes of those around her.