CF: Community Footprints

Creative Movement Residency & Performance Opportunity

Coming March-June of 2024 | Virtually on Zoom


CF: Community Footprints is a new iteration of an existing project which focuses on building community through weekly, virtual sessions including facilitated movement activities, writing and reflection, conversation, and the development of both abstract and literal gestures and movement phrases. The project culminates in a collaborative dance piece made by the session participants. CF: Community Footprints is an exchange of stories and personal histories tailored for the CF community (both people living with Cystic Fibrosis as well as an invitation to their personal support networks) based off of the existing Community Imprints project facilitated by Founding Artistic Director of NYC-based Ballaro Dance, Marisa f. Ballaro. No previous movement or dance training is needed to participate - just a willingness to explore movement and storytelling with others.

The creative movement sessions are rooted in sensory awareness; participants will look inward while reflecting on their own personal experiences. The project aims to promote healing, both individual and community, through a reflection of scars, including both physical scars that live on our bodies permanently or those that may be internal or hidden living within us.


Each 1.5-hour Zoom session will begin with a creative movement-based warm-up; the participants will explore improvisational activities centered on storytelling, personal memories, and movement gestures. The participants will be guided to create their own mini-dance about a personal story or memory of their choosing. Each participant will contribute to the development of a large group movement exploration. Participants will be invited to attend a culminating event in New York City in June of 2024 where they can perform the created movement pieces in an outdoor celebration.


Five participant groups will be facilitated through six-eight 1.5-hour sessions weekly via Zoom leading to the project's culminating event:

  • Adults ages 19+ with CF (EST)
  • Adults ages 19+ with CF (PST)
  • Youth ages 10-18 with CF (EST)
  • Youth ages 10-18 with CF (PST)
  • CF Support Systems (family and friends of those living with CF)


In essence, CF: Community Footprints aims to change the perspective of our scars from a symbol of trauma to a symbol of healing. Social pressures often teach us that we should hide our scars and conceal their stories but a scar’s visible imprint, or hidden emotional memory, can forever change the way a person sees themselves. CF: Community Footprints demonstrates that by choosing to share the stories of our wounds with others through collaborative movement experiences, we can find individual and community healing. People can associate new memories with their “scar story” and develop an alternate aesthetic appreciation for it.


This project utilizes personal histories as an entry to self reflection, creativity, empathy, memory, and ultimately, healing. CF: Community Footprints, is a creative residency which uses conversation, reflection, and collaborative art making to spark meaningful connections between people. By engaging with their personal histories or “scar stories,” participants will have a transformative experience creating new perspectives while acknowledging previous experiences as valuable and meaningful parts of us. 


Additional questions about the project? Want to register?

Email the project facilitator Marisa f. Ballaro HERE to learn more!


The full CF: Community Footprints session schedule and performance information will be announced in February 2024 along with formal program sign-ups. Virtual Q&A sessions will be held in March for interested participants and movement sessions will begin in April.


This project is supported by an Impact Grant awarded from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Previous Community Imprints participants in Sandy Hook, CT in 2021
Previous Community Imprints participants in Sandy Hook, CT in 2021
Previous Community Imprints participants in New York, NY in 2022
Previous Community Imprints participants in New York, NY in 2022
A previous Community Imprints participant in Brockport, NY in 2021
A previous Community Imprints participant in Brockport, NY in 2021

Our Mission:

Ballaro Dance values community and collaboration at its core. Through ongoing opportunities to SEE, MOVE, & SHARE together in and through dance, the Company takes pride in cultivating an approachable, welcoming environment. Through each project and collaboration, Ballaro Dance continues to redefine how to effectively share dance through unique sensory-based experiences while inviting audience members to act as participants, generating a longer-lasting impact on community.

Our Identity:

We dance to engage with people; we choreograph to tell stories; we produce art to build community.