Infinite Flow, America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company, is a nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in March 2015 with the mission to mass market inclusion through dance and innovation.
Infinite Flow is dedicated to:
1) Increasing access to quality dance instruction for people with disabilities in inclusive environments;
2) Building a world-class professional dance company, which includes dancers with and without disabilities as a vehicle to break stereotypes and perceived barriers; and
3) Creatively leading a social movement for inclusion in performing arts as well as in everyday life.
Since our beginning, we have performed at 40+ events, instructed 150+ wheelchair users through workshops, weekly dance classes, and community outreach, and have been recognized locally and nationally in media outlets such as NBC’s Today Show, NowThis, Refinery29, GOOD Magazine, Broadway World, Dance Spirit Magazine, ABC Robin Roberts N’Courage Blog, LA Parent Magazine, ABC-7 News, Fox-11 News, and many MORE.
Professional ballroom and salsa dancer, speaker and the brain behind Infinite Flow, Marisa Hamamoto believes we all have a dancer inside of us and we all can make a difference in the world. After 20 years of dancing ballet and contemporary dance in both the U.S. and Japan, Marisa started ballroom dancing while recovering from Spinal Cord Infarction, a severe neurological disease which laid her paralyzed from the neck down. She feels blessed to be back on the dance floor again, and is dancing and teaching professionally full-time. Marisa founded Infinite Flow as a way of giving back, and with her love for dance it is her life mission to help find the dancer inside of each person. Marisa has been featured in various commercials, infomercials, and tv shows and has performed at hundreds of shows, events and private parties. Marisa earned both her BA and MA on merit scholarships from Keio University where she published papers in the fields of Dance Science and Dance Education and served on the leadership team for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science for three years. San Fernando Valley Business Journal also named her Newcomer of the Year at the 2015 Women in Business Awards. Marisa is a leader, a volunteer and an artist on the rise and has great plans for the future of Infinite Flow. “Whether you have two left feet or two left wheels, we all have a dancer inside of us.” @MarisaHamamoto
Adelfo is a competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer / nutritional consultant, passionate about fitness, nutrition and physical culture, aspiring to be a successful entrepreneur. On November 10, 2005, Adelfo was involved in a car accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down as a T-12 paraplegic. Adelfo was initially torn down spiritually, mentally and physically following the accident, but after one year, he embraced his physical condition with open arms, and used it as a driving tool to challenge and motivate himself. Adelfo started body building in 2007 after being inspired by a YouTube video of guys in wheelchairs posing and flexing at a body building competition. His life has been transformed ever since. Marisa reached out to Adelfo in November of 2014 asking if he’d be interested in being her wheelchair dance partner. Adelfo chose to take on the challenge and is having a blast learning a new form of self-expression.
Learn more at: InfiniteFlowDance.org