November News

Hello again!

We don't know about you, but we're getting very excited about our upcoming silent auction and January production! Keep reading for more details and make sure to save the dates!

Best wishes,
Melissa & The Born Dancing Team


Born Dancing Silent Auction

We can't stop talking about our very first silent auction! This "Giving Tuesday" (Nov. 28) give to Born Dancing, and let us hook you up with the coolest tickets, events, and goodies. The auction will last for one week, so bid early and bid often! We've got round-trip plane tickets, amusement park season passes, cool virtual reality sessions, jewelry, fancy dinners, tickets to plays and concerts, and gym memberships so you can go a little overboard with Thanksgiving dinner this year! This is an awesome opportunity to treat yourself or someone you love all while supporting Born Dancing. Bookmark this page, tell all your friends, and let the countdown begin!


January Production

Work has begun on our January Production. The show is inspired by contemporary composers, stories of refugees, and many a powerful lady. We'll be sharing more information about the production and photos from rehearsals soon. 

We hope that you can join us at Riverside Theater on one of the following dates:

  • Friday, January 19th, 2018, at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 20th, at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 21st, at 2 pm

Riverside Theater is located at 91 Claremont Avenue (at W 122nd Street), New York, NY 10027.

'Tis the Season to GIVE!

We're so thrilled to announce our very first silent auction! This "Giving Tuesday" (Nov. 28) give to Born Dancing, and let us hook you up with the coolest tickets, events, and goodies. The auction will last for one week, so bid early and bid often! We've got gym memberships, signed collectibles, unique jewelry, round-trip plane tickets, and so much more up for grabs! This is an awesome opportunity to treat yourself or someone you love all while supporting Born Dancing. Bookmark this page, tell all your friends, and let the countdown begin!

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Happy Fall, Y'all!

Hi There!

We hope you're enjoying the tail end of summer as we dance into FALL!


Have You Met...?

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Meet Stacy Jansen! Stacy has been our Costume Designer on the first two Born Dancing productions and she is a one-of-a-kind special designer and human.

Q: Give us the scoop. Where are you from, etc.?
A: I grew up in Michigan, spent 4 years in Scotland while studying costume design at the University of Edinburgh, and moved to NYC shortly thereafter. In college, I designed costumes for local theater and film productions. Now I work primarily in the film industry but relish the opportunity to create costumes for live performances. The opportunity to see my costumes live, with music and worn by dancers engaged in movement adds so much depth to my design process. 

Q: How did you get involved with Born Dancing?
A: Melissa found me! When she emailed me the brief for the debut Born Dancing production, I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be involved with. That first production was an incredible experience and I'm grateful we were able to connect.

Q: What’s one surprising thing you’ve learned since becoming involved with Born Dancing?
A: I'm continuously astonished by the beautiful things that can happen through collaboration with like-minded people who care about their work. Every interaction with the Born Dancing team is a reminder of that. The shows seem to become more than the sum of their parts. You can't force that "x-factor" into a show, but when it happens it's an incredible thing to be a part of.

Q: If you could design costumes for one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
A: I would like to take a group of children and some Troubadour musicians into a forest, erect a stage and design a musical fairy-tale masterpiece based entirely on whatever inspiration strikes us.

Q: Tell me something I don’t already know.
A: I've recently adopted a 13-foot camper trailer as my semi-permanent residence, as I travel frequently for work. I still maintain space in NYC, but during transient times this tiny base camp/office/workshop provides me with all of the comforts of home, in 90 square feet! It also includes an herb garden, a small library for costume inspiration, and room for numerous textile souvenirs picked up from around the globe. 


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#TBT

Happy Thursday!

We're one day closer to the weekend! Take a break today and check out this throwback. This week we're throwing back to January of last year with this wonderful video by Kami Fares about our very own Sam Caraballo and his life as an actor, dancer, and mask maker. It includes footage from Born Dancing rehearsals featuring Elvig, Michael, and Melissa.


Sunshine, Tan Lines, and DANCE time!

Hello Again!

We hope you're enjoying a fun summer packed with exotic travels, long days at the beach, and new adventures (or at the very least -- summer cocktails and comfy flip flops). We'll hit the ground running again in September, so stay tuned! 


Have You Met...?

Meet Samuel Caraballo. Sam danced in the first two Born Dancing productions and
serves as Advisor to the Board.

Sam dancing in There is Now by Born Dancing, March 2016

Q: Give us the scoop. Where are you from, etc.?
A:
I am an actor, dancer, director, choreographer, theatre educator and mask-maker, with a special emphasis in physical theatre. Born and raised in Brooklyn, I trained with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York), the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, CA) and Deaf West (Los Angeles). After graduating from the Dell' Arte International School for Physical Theatre in 1998 I returned to New York.

I have conducted many school artist-in-residency programs, summer camps, and workshops for both adults and children. My artistic and educational partners include New York Deaf Theatre, Theatre Access Project/Theatre Development Fund, SMARTS Performance Art Summer, Sign of the Times Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre for Children, The Ohio State School for the Deaf, and a variety of public and private schools in the New York metropolitan area. 

I am one of five co-founders of the American Dance Theatre of the Deaf (New York) in 1986, and was an acting ensemble member for Onyx Theatre Company (New York). In 1995, I joined Sunshine Too (Rochester) as choreographer and performer. With Sunshine Too I toured extensively around the country and traveled to Finland to perform at the Deaf Theatre International Festival. 

Q: How did you get involved with Born Dancing?
A:
I met Melissa when she was doing a film project, and I was acting for her film project. Then a few years later, I saw Born Dancing was looking for dancers with disabilities and I contacted her. Last year I joined and I was very excited to work with Born Dancing.

Q: What’s one surprising thing you’ve learned since becoming involved with Born Dancing?
A:
I am mostly impressed that Born Dancing works with great diversity of disability dancers. In addition, they welcome people to work together whether they are able-bodied, Little People, use a wheelchair etc.   

Q: If you could dance with one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
A: 
I always wanted to be in performances with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, because when I was young I always watched them dance on TV. 

Q: Tell me something I don’t already know.
A: 
I collect newspaper articles, magazines, and videos of my dances with different companies.


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Red, White, and DANCE!

Check us out! This is our very FIRST blog post. We want to stay in touch with you, and we also want to show you some behind-the-scenes action at Born Dancing. Be on the lookout for regular updates (Psst! Be sure to follow us on social media!). In the meantime, check out a highlight from our first monthly newsletter…


Have You Met...?

Meet Madeline Charles (Maddie). She was the very first dancer to join our company!

Meet Madeline Charles (Maddie). She was the very first dancer to join our company!

Maddie in Stems, Born Dancing, March 2016 at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater (Photo: Nicolle Bennett)

Maddie in Stems, Born Dancing, March 2016 at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater
(Photo: Nicolle Bennett)

Q: Where are you from? 
A: 
My name is Madeline Charles but everyone calls me Maddie. I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Milton, Mass., and Bethesda, Maryland. I've lived in NYC since the Fall of 2013. I am 25 years old. 

Q: How did you get involved with born dancing? 
A: 
One day I was searching around on Facebook using keywords relating to dance and dancers with disabilities. I messaged Melissa just to let her know how impressed I was with her mission because my sister has cerebral palsy and LOVES music and dance. I first become involved in social work because I noticed as my sister got older (she is two years older than me) that there were less and less programs for her to be a part of. I noticed that Born Dancing included people of all abilities and all ages and was immediately drawn in. 

Q: What's one surprising thing you've learned from Born Dancing? 
A:
 I've learned that I don't know everything, haha. Being the sister of a non-verbal woman I sometimes feel like I need to be on the defense at all times, ready to put up my boxing gloves against our ableist world for her. And while that is still true I've learned that what's really needed is just to be a good friend, to show empathy (not sympathy), and to listen to people who have disabilities so that THEIR voice can be heard, not mine. 

Q: If you could have dinner with one dancer dead or alive who would it be and why? 
A: Twyla Tharp. The reason I moved to NYC was because I fell in love with Paul Taylor's work through a summer dance intensive. Tharp was one of his wildest company members. I find her completely fascinating and heartbreaking. I'd just want to take her to dinner to learn from her and thank her for letting me feel less alone in the way I feel about dance. 

Q: Tell me something I don't already know 
A: 
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and I drag it out for a full week.