WHO WE ARE
Building Healthy Communities through Creative Expression
Turning the Wheel is a national nonprofit that has touched the lives of over 100,000 people in more than 1000 very diverse schools and organizations around the country. Turning the Wheel uses the power of art to build healthy communities, foster leaders, and share the joy of self-expression with participants of all ages, economic situations, genders, ethnic backgrounds and challenges.
We bring interactive and experiential arts programs using a unique model that builds our participants’ confidence in their own and each other’s creativity. Our programs build over a period of hours, days, weeks, semesters or a full year, so at the end of our time together, participants have joined their talents and visions to create a special performance for their peers and families.
“The workshops and residencies you have done here...have had remarkable results. Children who had never met before had fun as they successfully communicated, created and worked hard together to develop their performance pieces. They respected each others’ ideas and perspectives.”
- Elementary School Teacher, Boulder CO
Every Body Dances, Every Story Shines!
Turning the Wheel is an intergenerational dance/theater company committed to the collaborative creation of works of art that are rooted in and restorative for the communities in which we perform and teach. TTW is dedicated to making creative expression and art accessible to people of all ages, experience and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Using a working model that is based on inclusiveness, community engagement and collaboration, Turning the Wheel seeks to reconnect youth and elders to their lives and society; to encourage a collective ethic of caring for others and ourselves and to be a contributing force in fostering healthy, creative communities.
Alana Shaw, founder and executive director of Turning the Wheel, is an inspiring and empowering speaker, teacher, and guide, Alana has facilitated joyful and healing movement events in cities in the US and Canada for over 30 years. Her dynamic and energetic presentation style is both humorous and transforming, and consistently positive and uplifting for her audiences.
She holds an MFA is Dance from the University of Colorado with a thesis on healing and reintegration through creative expression. Alana's books, "Dancing Our Way Home" and "The Body Now" catalyze her mission to inspire a new paradigm for inclusiveness, collaboration, and community engagement. Both books are available on Amazon. She is also a certified Hendricks Body/Mind Vibrance Coach.
“Everything we do in Turning the Wheel is an attempt to come back into relationship with our interdependence as human beings, and with the need for love, not power, to form the basis for how we live on the earth. We are passionately committed to building and sustaining transformative communities that are
inclusive of all people, and that reach for and model unconditional love and acceptance as the norm.”
- Alana Shaw
Certified "Body Now" Facilitators
TTW also depends on volunteers and in-kind donations from TTW friends, collaborators, artists, producers, photographers, videographers, and facilitators around the country. HELP US OUT!