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.



NEXT EVENT: BDA will be participating in the Meraki Center R.E.A.CH. for FUN! Fair Tuesday, February 28,  from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  at the Watertown Public Library 123 Main St, Watertown to share information about our referral services for disabled children and youth and their families.




AXIS Dance Company photo by David DeSilva. Dancers Julie Crothers, Nick Brentley, Dwayne Scheuneman, and Sophie Stanley.

BDA is a proud supporter of this spring’s AXIS Dance Company Residency at Boston University  and The Dance Complex.


Dance Complex presents workshops towards advanced and professional level dancers. To register click here

Friday, March 10, 5-8 p.m.  Teacher Training in Physically Integrated Dance at the Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Saturday March 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AXIS Composition Workshop at the Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge


All events at Boston University are free and open to the public – RSVP Required

Monday, March 13th, 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Symposium co-sponsored by BDA – Performing Arts and Disability: Leadership, Inclusion, and Training
Location: BU Hillel

Wednesday, March 15th, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Redefining Dance & Disability: RSVP
Location: Hiebert Lounge (BU School of Medicine)

Wednesday, March 15th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Fundamentals of Physically Integrated Dance (no dance experience necessary): RSVP
Location: FitRec L240

Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Physically Integrated Dance (some dance experience required): RSVP
Location: FitRec L240

Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 pm
Public Performance: RSVP
Location: BU Dance Theater (915 Commonwealth Ave, Boston). The entrance to the theater is on Buick Street

*Other activities may be added. Check the BDA newsletter, Pro/Motion, or our partner websites for details closer to the date.



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. For referral services contact Debra Cash, Executive Director, at