Dance and Disability

Boston Dance Alliance is committed to supporting dancers and dancemakers with disabilities and those who want to work with them.

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.

 

 Boston Dance Alliance is proud to be listed as a resource for disabled dancers with INDEX at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Coming Up This Fall

Training for Bring Dance to People with Dementia is scheduled for October 21 and 22 in Quincy, MA. Register by Sept. 21 for Earlybird rate.

Nimble Arts is bringing AXIS Dance Company to New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT to offer an integrated Dance4All workshop on Nov. 4 & 5, 2017.

 

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

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

Howlround article on Accommodations for Professional Performers 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.

 

“Through their new referral service for dancers with disabilities, the Boston Dance Alliance strives to break down barriers to inclusion. I was thrilled to see their action become a reality when I received an interview for and then earned the position to teach a 5-week accessible youth flamenco class at the Cotting School in Lexington. This is a chance of a lifetime, affording me the opportunity to share my love of flamenco with this inclusive community. Thank you BDA for increasing cultural equity and access to dance for diverse communities!

 

~Eve Costarelli, owner and founder, Always Be Dancing Expressive Arts: Yoga and Flamenco for Every/body

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 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

 

Support BDA’s work to encourage dancers of all abilities and our advocacy for dance across Boston by making your generous contribution now