This blog written by Kathleen Rea looks at parenting, health, dance and neural-diversity
Kathleen danced with Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, National Ballet of Canada, and Tiroler Landestheater. Her life’s course changed 21 years ago when she fell in love with contact improvisation and has devoted her career to this dance form ever since. She has choreographed over 50 dance-works and been nominated for 7 DORAs. Kathleen has autism and a learning disability that results in writing taking 8 times longer than average. It is a surprise and mystery for her that despite this struggle she developed a love of writing and is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, as well as blogs that have had over 80,000 views). She has a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts and has a passion for functional movement through her study of the Axis Syllabus as a Teacher Candidate. She is the director of REAson d’etre dance production, producing dance jams, film festivals, and productions. She refers to herself as an “accidental activist”. By doing what felt right in the moment, she has ended up in intense activist roles that stretched her introverted nature. In explaining what it is like to live with autism she also has been drawn into educating the world about neurodiversity. She also is a mom to two boys.