Today, you should… celebrate at the Festival of Human Abilities

SUNDAY, JAN. 26

Today is the second day of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s celebration showcasing the talents of artists expressing their creative spirit through dance, song and sign language.

Pulling in talent from all over Southern California, expect to see amazing dance routines from Los Angeles’s Infinite Flow, an all-inclusive dance company comprised of dancers with and without disabilities; The Rollettes, an all-female wheel bound dance troupe and Auti Angel, a dancer and pioneer in the world of wheelchair hip-hop who helped usher the art onto the world stage.

Cambodia Town’s Homeland Cultural Center will also take part, featuring hip-hop routines with Mike “Iceman” Rivera and the rest of the Homeland crew showcasing dancers of any and all capability.

Local pop fusion ensemble band, Per Se will perform alongside the Love in Motion Signing Choir and classical guitarist Dat Nguyen. Guests can also take part in free dance and art classes, like the wheelchair painting session by artist Tommy Hollenstein.

Catch an adaptive scuba-diving demonstration from Cody Unser, daughter of race-car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. who, after losing the ability to use her legs at age 12 due to transverse myelitis, a neurological condition that inflames the spinal cord, made it her mission to teach people with any physical challenges how to scuba dive.

To find more information and check out the complete schedule of performances, demonstrations and classes, click here.

Another great thing: Sign language interpreters will be present at all major performances and an audio tour and a visitor’s guide in braille are available.

Giving us a moment’s pause: Cool.

Festival of Human Abilities takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your entry is included with a general admission ticket into the aquarium. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and $24.95 for children as old as 11. There are, however, ample vendors who sell discounted tickets to the aquarium, which you can find here.

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Cheantay Jensen is an editorial intern who covers art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post.
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