Born Dancing, Inc. is founded on the belief that dance education and performance can be inclusive and be better for it. We produce original, inclusive dance performances that feature a broad range of differently abled performers and we create dance education programs for under-served Students With Disabilities (SWD) and High-Needs Students (HNS) in New York City. Our performances and dance education programs provide Students With Disabilities (SWD) and High-Needs Students (HNS) with real-world dance performance and production experiences, apprenticeships to learn job and social skills, and internships in performing arts production and related fields. Our overarching goal is to facilitate the employment of people with disabilities in dance/theater production.
Arts Education Programming:
In our dance ed programs, SWD and HNS (2nd – 12th) take dance classes that transition into rehearsals for our performances. The High School SWD/HNS who are not dancing in the shows take classes in other elements of dance production (costume design, lighting design, videography, and stage management). They become an integral part of the production process by collaborating with working dance and theater professionals as apprentices based on students’ expressed interests. Classes twice a week for a minimum of 8 weeks at the schools. Following classes and preparation at the school, SWD/HNS come to the theater for a full week of on-site learning. Students assist production team during technical rehearsals and the shows, and student-dancers perform in the shows with professional dancers.
Supports For Students With Disabilities
Our target students are those with disabilities. We work with small groups and one-on-one instruction. Our approach is project-based and hands on, so students engage with materials, props, supplies, video and more from the very first lesson.
Supports For English Language Learners
Visual aids, video, counts and cue words in the native language (with assistance), physical demonstrations. Because we work in dance and design the verbal and written is less used and our work is conducive to those who are learning English (the can see and copy the movement just like any other student).