We are Born Dancing. The place where everybody dances.

We are a New York based nonprofit founded on the belief that people of all ages and abilities should have access to every aspect of dance. 


Dance Productions

Born Dancing creates one-of-a-kind dance performances featuring dancers of all ages with and without disabilities.

Education and Apprenticeship Programs

Born Dancing offers dance education and apprenticeship programs for underserved Students with Disabilities and High-Needs Students. We provide students 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 the participation and employment of people with disabilities and dance/theater production. Students with disabilities or high-needs are given the opportunity to take Dance or Production classes with performing arts professionals in immersive project-based classes and rehearsals. Student-dancers perform on stage with our company dancers while the student-apprentices assist backstage in Stage Management, Costume Design, Lighting Design, and Videography. 

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

Enjoy video EXCERPTS and photos from our most recents PERFORMANCES

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 Cabaรฑas.

Second movement of Grey. Choreography: Melissa van Wijk / Dancers: Madeline Charles, Madison Ferris / Music: Waterways by Ludovico Einaudi / Video: Zarah Cabaรฑas.

Born dancing PAST PERFORMANCES - 2017

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 performances across the stage behind the dancers.

Get to know our 2017 dance students from PS153 and our production apprentices from Gigi's Playhouse. 

Take a look behind the scenes to see what went on in rehearsals and in tech for Wasted Love, and meet Misty Boyce, whose music was the inspiration for this multi-media one-act. 

born dancing past PERFORMANCES - 2016

We documented 'the making of' our 2016 performances in this video. The footage was 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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Spin 1/2

"Spin is the rotation to return to the original state; it is an intrinsic property of all elementary particles." DANCERS: Lisa Clementi, Ilanah Everett, Madison Ferris, Basak, Beste, Nicole Sclafani. CHOREOGRAPHY: Melissa van Wijk (with student-dancersโ€™ contributions) MUSIC: 'Justice' by Patrick Doyle LIGHTING: Michael Cole | COSTUMES: Stacy Jansen

June 2019 at Riverside Theater | ยฉ 2019 Born Dancing, Inc. All rights reserved