Marisa Hamamoto (She/Her/Hers)
Stroke Survivor | People Magazine Women Changing the World 2021 | Founder, Infinite Flow Dance | Inclusion Speaker & Performer
I’m a speaker, dance artist, changemaker, and founder of Infinite Flow, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit and professional dance company composed of dancers with and without disabilities with a mission to promote inclusion. I’m 4th generation Japanese American, born between a 3rd generation Japanese American father and a Japanese mother native from Japan.
Most recently, in March 2021, People Magazine recognized me a 1 of 14 “Women Changing the World” next to Vanessa Bryant, Camila Cabello, Stacey Abrahams, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka, and past recipients Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Sheryl Sandberg, Brene Brown, among other incredible women. I’m the first dancer to receive this recognition.
… I don’t know how I got on this list. But what I do know is this:
I’ve survived a stroke, multiple sexual assaults, body shaming, PTSD, and discrimination as an Asian American. And I fought my way through building a career as a professional dancer, and devoted the last few years of my life building Infinite Flow and continue to build the company, ALL to arrive at this moment:
To help you rise to a higher purpose and a higher you.
For Corporations: To spark your employees to lead with purpose, collaborate with heart, and cultivate spaces of belonging, while adding a layer of creativity to your diversity, equity, and inclusion training that transforms hearts, bodies, and souls.
For Colleges: To bring awareness on disability inclusion, accessibility, and intersectionality to your campus, while empowering your students to own their identities and discover their hidden potential to be change agents to the world.
Artists, Creatives, and Intellectuals: To help you break free from what is holding you back, and support you on your journey of becoming the creative changemaker you are meant to be while being unapologetically you.
I am far from perfect. I’m a work-in-progress who continues to learn and unlearn social justice, disability inclusion, transformative leadership, and so many other things.
But if sharing my truth can open one door for you or open more hearts at your organization, then I am here for you.