We are Born Dancing. The place where everybody dances.

We are a New York based nonprofit that creates one-of-a-kind dance performances featuring dancers with and without disabilities and offers dance education programs for Students with Disabilities and High-Needs Students. Our dance education programs and performances provide Students with Disabilities with real-world dance performance and production experiences, apprenticeships to learn job and social skills, and internships in performing arts production and related fields to facilitate employment of people with disabilities and dance/theater production.

Born Dancing has been my absolute favorite dance/life/everything experience to date.
— Madeline Charles, Dancer

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Born Dancing was recently featured in Education Update magazine. Click here to read the full article on page 11.

Born Dancing presented four works, including two new works IN january 2018 at the riverside theater. See two Videos below of excerpts from the perfromances. 

Excerpt from Grey, inspired in part by images and stories of refugees. This is the end of the 5th movement and the whole 6th movement, which closes the piece. Choreography: Melissa van Wijk / Dancers: Tina Wang, Emily Frances / Music: Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi / Video: Zarah Cabañas.

The second movement of Grey, inspired in part by images and stories of refugees. Choreography: Melissa van Wijk / Dancers: Madison Ferris, Madeline Charles / Music: Waterways by Ludovico Einaudi / Video: Zarah Cabañas.

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 Photos: Russell Haydn

Photos: Russell Haydn


Wasted Love premiered February 17-19, 2017 at the New York Live Arts Theater. Wasted Love is a modern dance, multi-media (Not So) Fairy Tale set to music by Misty Boyce, who joined the performances. Check out some of the video from this unique one-act as well as a making-of video below.

Limits showcases the dancers performing site-specific choreography all over New York City. This video was part of Wasted Love and played during the live performances across the stage behind the dancers. 

Learn more about Born Dancing and take a look behind the scenes to see what went on in rehearsals and in tech for Wasted Love and .


Born Dancing provides students with disabilities or high needs the opportunity to take Dance or Production classes with performing arts professionals. Student-dancers perform on stage with company dancers while the student-apprentices assist backstage in Stage Management, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Videography. Watch our students in action in this video from our Spring 2017education programs. 

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behind the scenes

We documented 'the making of' our 2016 performances in this video. The footage shot by some of our own students! Meet students from PS75X721 and PS153 in the Bronx, the dancers and musicians, and witness the fun and craziness that go into a Born Dancing production. 


We're delighted to share this video montage of highlights from our inaugural performances at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in March 2016.
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