Dance and Disability

Boston Dance Alliance is committed to supporting dancers and dancemakers with disabilities across Eastern Massachusetts.

 

Following Wheels UP!, BDA’s inaugural June, 2016 convening on physically integrated dance, we have continued to expand our network of dancers, choreographers, dance educators, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and advocates.

Our shared commitment is to create an environment that encourages dancers of all types of ability to participate in the art we love.

 

We were proud to support this spring’s AXIS Dance Company Residency at Boston University  and The Dance Complex.

NEW: Read the 2017 National Endowment for the Arts report on career opportunities for artists with disabilities. 

Other resources on inclusion of persons with disabilities in the arts are here; contact us for a full bibliography!

 

Throughout the year, BDA connects dancers and choreographers with disabilities and those who want to work with them with the information and resources to make their creative work possible.

 

 Whether it is finding a consultant for a teacher who wants to include a student with a disability in dance activity,

 

teacher Kerry Glennon dances with her students

 

matching a ballroom dance teacher with a frail senior citizen

Ballroom dance instructor Paul Hughes works with a student

 

or making wheelchair-accessible rehearsal space at Lyric Stage Studio available to a new mixed-abilities dance company  

 

Ellice Patterson, artistic director of Abilities Dance

 

 

Boston Dance Alliance is here to help. Let us break down barriers to inclusion together.

 Please help us build our free referral service for dancers with disabilities by filling out the survey below:

For referral services or to learn more, contact Debra Cash, Executive Director, at dcash@bostondancealliance.org