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.
The Ford Foundation explains why disability rights are part of the social justice equation.
September 23, 2-3:30 p.m. Kerry Thompson leads a special, free Salsa ASL workshop. Learn basic sign language phrases and fingerspelling and then move over to a basic salsa lesson (in voice and ASL) in which everyone can practice their sign language skills with each new dance partner. At Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon St in Boston’s South End.
NEW report on dance and disability in New York from Dance/NYC
Cool 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!
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,
matching a ballroom dance teacher with a frail senior citizen
or making wheelchair-accessible rehearsal space at Lyric Stage Studio available to a new mixed-abilities dance company
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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