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Born Dancing, Inc. is founded on the belief that dance education and performance can be inclusive and be better for it. Our mission is to produce inclusive professional quality dance performances that bring together a broad range of differently abled dancers. Born Dancing additionally creates dance education programs that provide Students With Disabilities in underserved NYC public schools with real-world performance and production experiences, apprenticeships to learn job and social skills, and internships in performing arts production to facilitate employment of people with disabilities.
Born Dancing, Inc. creates dance performances featuring a broad range of differently abled dancers.
We also offer dance education programs for Students With Disabilities that transition into rehearsals for performances. High School students may choose to study other elements of dance production and become an integral part of the production process by collaborating with working theater professionals as apprentices.
Following the preparation at the school, students come to the theater for a full week of real-world, on-site learning. Student-dancers perform in the shows alongside professionals and adult performers with (physical) disabilities. The other students assist the production team during technical rehearsals and backstage during the shows.
The overarching goal of Born Dancing is to facilitate the employment of people with disabilities in dance and theater production. Too many students with disabilities graduate High School and become unemployed and too few people with disabilities are employed in box offices, wardrobe departments, design, production crews etc. in the NYC dance and theater world. We target those High School students whose schools are underserved, and who will largely go on to graduate without a traditional High School diploma.
Post-production, we evaluate the continued interest of students to pursue learning opportunities, internships, and eventual employment in dance/theater production.