Dance and Disability

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

UPCOMING  OPPORTUNITY

 

ON DISPLAY/HARVARD 
DATE/TIME: 
Wed, Dec 3, 7-8pm
LOCATION: Widener Library, Harvard University

You’re invited to participate in an annual worldwide initiative called ON DISPLAY GLOBAL, a movement installation developed by physically-integrated dance company Heidi Latsky Dance, to commemorate the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd. ON DISPLAY/HARVARD is part of a network of communities across the world who perform the work each year on December 3rd.

ON DISPLAY is a structured improvisational movement piece designed to be performed by diverse people and presented in a public and accessible space. The installation allows performers and the public alike to fully witness each other.

The Harvard Dance Center is thrilled to be partnering with Harvard’s Widener Library for this project.

ANSWER THE CALL! 

No formal dance experience is required. Persons with and without disabilities are encouraged to participate. The movement installation will involve stillness, structured improvisation, and internal focus.

Sign up here

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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.

FREE dance classes for people with Parkinsons are open now at Urbanity, 1180 Washington Street, Boston in the South End.

Giving a special performance for audiences with sensory sensitivities? Share the information on the BDA website here  and also send the information to our friends at the The Asperger / Autism Network (AANE so that they can share this information with potential audience members!

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INSPIRATIONAL READING

The Ford Foundation  explains why disability rights are part of the social justice equation.

NEW report on dance and disability in New York from Dance/NYC

Ailey dancer Samantha Figgins on her disability

BDA Fiscal sponsee Ellice Patterson of Abilities Dance was profiled in Brookline Wicked Local

Cool ABC news video article about our friend Kerry Thompson and her work with expanding social dance for deafblind dancers

We were proud to support the 2017 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

Dance Unstuck, a great resource from our friends in the UK supports inclusive dance teaching with guidance and filmed resources, primarily about how teachers can include disabled children in their ballet classes.

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

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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