Lindsay Eales, PhD, MA, BScOT, OT Reg (AB)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
2-130S University Hall
8840 - 114 St NWEdmonton ABT6G 2J9
- by appointment
Area of Study / Keywords
Adapted Physical Activity Critical Disability and Mad Studies Trauma-Informed Practice Dance and Performance Critical Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation
I work to craft Mad-affirming and disability-affirming, accessible, intersectional, trauma-informed movement and performance communities. I do this by weaving my lived experience and professional practice with research-creation methodologies, as well as literature from Mad studies, critical disability studies, performance studies, and research on trauma-informed practice. My passions include teaching, choreographing, and performing disability-centered dance, Mad performance art, and crip video art. I am the co-director of the Just Movements CreateSpace, a research-creation space about and for justice-oriented movement cultures (http://www.just-movements.com/). Over the past thirteen years I have presented research, performance, and workshops nationally and internationally, including in New York, Rennes (France), Seoul (South Korea), Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Victoria. I am the Programming Director of Solidance Inclusive Recreation Society, and a co-founder and former artistic director of iDANCE Edmonton Integrated Dance and CRIPSiE (the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton). I am also a registered occupational therapist (AB) with over 20 years of specialized dance training, including training with leading integrated and disability dance practitioners around the world.
My research interests include: qualitative methodologies, research-creation, and arts-based research; mad studies, critical disability studies, disability justice, and social justice; disability-centered dance; crip and Mad performance; Mad aesthetics, politics, and praxis; critical occupational therapy and therapeutic recreation; trauma-informed practices that are intersectional, anti-pathologizing, anti-oppressive, and affirming.
Peers, D., Joseph, J., McGuire-Adams, T., Eales, L., Fawaz, N., Chen, C., Hamdon, E., Kingsley, B., (Accepted, July 2022). We become gardens: Intersectional methodologies for mutual flourishing. Leisure/Loisir, 30 pages.
Eales, L., & Goodwin. D. L. (2022). Addressing trauma in adaptive physical activity: A call to reflexion and action. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 31, 141-159. https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2020-0129
McGuire-Adams, T., Joseph, J., Peers, D., Eales, L., Bridel, W., Chen, C., Hamdon, E., Kingsley, B. (2022). Awakening to elsewheres: Collective restorying embodied experiences of (be)longing. Sociology of Sport Journal. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2021-0124.
Peers, D., Sheppard, A., Eales, L., & Shenk, A. (2022). Inclinations: Dancing ramps, disability, and multiplicities through research-creation. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 7, 257-266. https://doi.org/10.18432/ari29627
Peers, D., Eales, L., Jones, K., Acharya, H., Toth, A., & Richman-Eisenstat, J. (2021). Singing and dancing with neuromuscular conditions: A mixed methods study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 38, 681-701. https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2020-0133
Eales, L., & Peers, D. (2020). Care haunts, hurts, heals: The promiscuous poetics of queer crip Mad care. The Journal of Lesbian Studies, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/10894160.2020.1778849
Goodwin, D., & Eales, L. (2020). Trauma-informed pedagogy: Rethinking the use of graduated instructional prompts in inclusive physical education. Palaestra, 34(2), 43-48.
Spencer-Cavaliere, N., Peers, D., & Eales, L. (2019). Disability language in Adapted Physical Education: What is the story? In Haegele, J.A., Hodge, S. R., & Shapiro, D. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Adapted Physical Education (pp. 131-143). London, UK: Routledge.
Acton, K. & Eales, L. (2018). Ballet for all bodies? Tensions in teaching ballet technique within an integrated dance context. In P. Markula & M. Clark (Eds.), The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body (pp. 151-170). Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press.
Eales, L. & Peers, D. (2018). Border score: Choreographies of crip and mad travel. Canadian Theatre Review, 176, 48-52. https://doi.org/10.3138/ctr.176.008
Peers, D. & Eales, L. (2018). “Stand up” for exclusion? Queer pride, ableism and inequality. In Hobbs, M. & Rice, C. (Eds.) Gender and Women's Studies: Critical Terrain (2nd ed., pp. 257-260). Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars Press.
Peers, D., Eales, L., Spencer-Cavaliere, N., (2018). Narrating ourselves and our movements: Terminology and political possibility. In S. Carraro (Ed.) Alter-habilitas: Perceptions of disability among people (pp. 25-40). Verona, Italy: Alteritas.
Peers, D., & Eales, L. (2017). Moving materiality: People, tools, and this thing called disability. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 2, 101-125. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ari/index.php/ari/article/view/29236/21363
Eales, L. (2016). “Come on people, do something”: The performance of social justice through integrated dance. In C. Kelly & M. Orsini (Eds.), Mobilizing metaphor: Art, culture and disability activism in Canada (pp. 141-161). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
Eales, L. (2016). Loose Leaf. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 5(3), 58-76. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjds.v5i3.297
Eales, L., & Peers, D. (2016). Moving adapted physical activity: The possibilities of arts-based research. Quest, 68, 55-68. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2015.1116999
Loewen Walker, R., Peers, D., & Eales, L. (2016). New constellations: Lived diffractions on dis/ability and dance. In C. Taylor & H. Sharp (Eds.), Bios: Feminist philosophies of life (pp. 129-145). Montreal, QC: McGill-Queens University Press.
Eales, L. & Goodwin, D. (2015). “We all carry each-other sometimes”: Care-sharing as social justice practice in integrated dance. Leisure/Loisir. 39, 277-298. https://doi.org/10.1080/14927713.2015.1086584
Avner, A., Bridel, W., Eales, L., Glenn, N., Loewen Walker, R., & Peers, D. (2014). Moved to messiness: Physical activity, feelings, and transdisciplinarity. Emotion, Space and Society, 12, 55-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2013.11.002
Olszanowski, M., Eales, L., & Peers, D. (2014). Care sharing: Body tools in motion, an interview with Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers. No More Potlucks, 32 (March). http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/care-sharing-body-tools-in-motion-an-interview-with-lindsay-eales-and-danielle-peers-magdalena-olszanowski/
Peers, D., Spencer-Cavaliere, N., & Eales, L. (2014). Say what you mean: Rethinking disability language in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 31, 265-282. https://doi.org/10.1123/apaq.2013-0091
RESEARCH-CREATION and ARTS-BASED RESEARCH OUTPUTS:
Eales, L., Peers, D., & Coklyat, B. (April-May, 2019). Tactile Twisted Cripster. Imponderabilia. Gallatin Art Gallery – New York University, New York, NY. (Invited Crip, Mad, blind participatory research creation performance art).
Eales, L., & Peers, D. (2015-19). Intimacies. Toured extensively, including: Tisch School for the Arts, New York University, New York, NY; York University, Toronto, ON; Carlton Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB; The Motel, Calgary, AB. (Crip Mad research creation dance. Early version commissioned by Stage Left Production).
Peers, D., Sheppard, A., Eales, L., and Niedermeyer, L. (2018). Inclinations. Canada: Disability Dance Works. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Played at over a dozen juried festivals across North America, Europe, Australia and in India. It has also played on California television and on Alaska Airlines. (wheelchair research creation dance-on-film). http://alicesheppard.com/disabilitydanceworks/inclinations-a-dance-on-film-short/
Peers, D., Schenk, A., & Eales, L. (2018). Moving to Breath. Canada: Media in Motion Lab. Funded by Muscular Dystrophy Canada and MITACS. (Disability research creation dance and singing project).
Eales, L. with Nathan Fawaz, Sarah Hamill, Alexis, and Daley Laing (May, 2017) Mad Home. Edmonton, AB. See also https://madhomeproject.weebly.com/ (Mad participatory research creation performance – part of Doctoral dissertation).
Encuentro’s Disability and Performance Working Group (June, 2014). #IAMCHAIR. Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro Performance and Politics 2014 Conference, Montreal, QC. (Collaborative disability research creation performance intervention).
DuVal, J., Eales, L., Peers, D., & Ulanicki, R. (2013). The new constellation: A dance-umentary [Motion picture]. Canada. Funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. https://vimeo.com/88104311
Eales, L. & Peers, D. (2013). Other-wise. Canada: CRIPSiE. Featured in Autonomous Spaces exhibit of disability art funded by the British Council and featured in France. Also chosen as a key disability art performance by the Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance in New York, and entered into their video archive of key performances in the Americas. (Queer crip Mad research creation video poem). https://hemisphericinstitute.org/en/hidvl-collections/item/3213-otherwise-2014.html
Eales, L. & iDANCE Edmonton Integrated Dance (July, 2012). (Dis)quiet in the Peanut Gallery. Arts-Based Research Studio Speakers’ Series, Edmonton, AB; and Feats Festival of Dance “Made in Alberta” professional showcase, Alberta Dance Alliance, Edmonton, AB. (Integrated arts-based research dance – part of Masters’ thesis).
Gerecke, A., Eales, L., & Peers, D. (May, 2012). Improvising spaces: Dance, disability & public spaces. Communicating Otherwise: A Trudeau Foundation Public Interaction Event. Concordia University, Montreal, QC. (Disability research creation dance).
Eales, L. & Ulanicki, R. (October, 2011). Title that moves you: The experience of integrated dance. Arts-Based Research Studio Speakers’ Series. Edmonton, AB. (Disability arts-based research dance).
Primary Course Developer & Instructor, University of Alberta
2020 (RLS 473) Principles and Processes in Therapeutic Recreation, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation
2011/13/15 (OCCTH 586) Student Selected Modules in Occupational Therapy: Social Justice in Occupational Therapy. Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Primary Instructor, University of Alberta
2020 (KIN 209) Research Methods in Kinesiology, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation
DANCE 200 - The Spectrum of Dance in Society
The theory and practice of dance as a human physical activity. Focus will be on the aesthetic, expressive, rhythmical dimensions of movement in a culture's artistic and social life. The study will include movement content, techniques, improvisation, composition and performance in a variety of dance forms including modern/creative, social, jazz, and folk dance.
RLS 473 - Principles and Processes in Therapeutic Recreation
The therapeutic recreation programming process is emphasized. Primary focus is on specialized programs in therapeutic recreation settings. The relationship between therapeutic recreation services and recreation and special populations is addressed. Therapeutic recreation service methods, such as systems approach programming, activity analysis, leisure assessment techniques and instruments, as well as treatment approaches and facilitation strategies employed in therapeutic recreation settings are presented. Professional issues such as client rights, standards of practice, and credentialing will also be addressed. Prerequisite: KRLS 207.