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

 

THIS WEEK!  

TOGETHER IN DANCE: A CHAT ABOUT BOSTON’S ACCESSIBLE DANCE SCENE

The Dance Complex, 536 Mass Ave., Central Square, Cambridge   August 11 — 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The Dance Complex will host an informal gathering for teachers, artists and other professionals in the field of accessible/adaptive/integrated/mixed abilities dance and movement arts with special guest Charles Baldwin, Program Officer of the Universal Participation Initiative of the Mass Cultural Council.

Open to teachers, performers, choreographers, therapists, advocates, program administrators and anyone interested in hearing about the happenings in the Greater Boston area’s all-abilities dance world, this will be a chance for us to meet one another, share ideas and resources, ask questions and collectively move toward creating accessible opportunities in our communities.

Light refreshments will be served; Bring your own bag lunch

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  Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance  is now registering for fall 2017. Click here for more details.

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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.

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