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PhD candidate receives fellowship to research dance in Finland

In June, the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) announced its 2022-23 American Fellows. Since 1912, ASF has supported cultural and educational exchange between the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden) and the United States. ASF’s fellowships help further academic scholarship and scientific research and encourage expressions in the creative arts and music. Awards are made in all fields.

Employing critical performance ethnography, Sydney Erlikh will conduct observations and interviews with a dancer who has intellectual disabilities at Kaaos Company to inform her dissertation research on the culture of inclusive dance companies. She aims not only to explore this culture but also to establish best practices for supporting the artistic  development of dancers with intellectual disabilities. Kaaos Kompany is a Finnish dance company that was founded in Helsinki in 2010 and, as a professional company of DanceAbility Finland, provides an optimal site for Ms. Erlikh’s dissertation research for her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.