Integrated Dance Organizations
This is a partial list of resources compiled by the Office for AccessAbility at the National Endowment for the Arts (Phone: 202.682.5532; TTY: 202.682.5496)
Asher Dance Eclectic
M.A.D. Theatre of Tampa, Inc.
4250 Bay to Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
Asher Dance Eclectic brings together dancers, with and without limited mobility, through jazz and contemporary dance styles. The company performs full-length productions in venues throughout central Florida.
AXIS Dance Company
Contact: Judith Smith, Artistic Director
1428 Alice Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612
Founded in 1987, the AXIS Dance Company strives for the integration of contemporary dance and disability culture. AXIS was a pioneer in the development of a powerful contemporary dance form -- physically-integrated dance -- performing in more than 60 cities nationwide, as well as in Europe and Siberia. AXIS provides education/outreach programs "Dance Access" and "Dance Access/KIDS!"which offer events for adults and youths of all abilities, locally and on tour. The company offers professional-level training through classes, summer intensives, internships, and apprenticeships.
3342 Barham Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Bethune Theatredanse is a dance company that helped pioneer a unique theatrical experience that blends dance, special effects, video, and music. "Infinite Dreams," Bethune’s dance and drama outreach program, is an education and performance program that provides children with disabilities an opportunity to participate in movement and dance.
Contact: Alana Yvonne Wallace,
Founder & Artistic Director
1935 S. Archer Avenue, Suite 413
Chicago, IL 60616
Dance>Detour is a professional, integrated performance, and arts/advocacy dance company. Dance>Detour grounds its work in the diversity of its dancers, celebrating their physical, ethnic, generational, cultural, and artistic differences. The company’s varied repertoire embraces many forms of dance, including classical, jazz, modern, and African, appealing to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Contact: Alito Alessi, Artistic Director
Joint Forces Dance Company
P.O. Box 51257
Eugene, OR 97405
DanceAbility International's mission is to encourage the evolution of integrated dance by cultivating a common ground for creative expression by all people. This mission is accomplished through performance, educational programs, teacher training, and workshops. DanceAbility International strives to decrease prejudice and misconceptions about diversity in the field of dance and in society. Month-long Teacher Training workshops are open to people with and without disabilities. International opportunities are also available through DanceAbility’s worldwide network.
The Dancing Wheels Company & School
Contact: Mary-Verdi Fletcher,
President/Founding Artistic Director
c/o Professional Flair, Inc.
3615 Euclid Avenue, 3rd floor
Cleveland, OH 44115
Web : www.dancingwheels.org
The Dancing Wheels Company & School is one of America's first integrated dance companies, comprised of professional dancers with and without disabilities. The mission of the organization is to create and present compelling works from nationally esteemed choreographers and to utilize this new art form to educate, advocate, and entertain audiences throughout the world. The organization presents master classes, residencies, school assembly programs, workshops, story ballets, and main stage concert performances. In addition, there are weekly dance classes and summer dance workshops for dancers of all experience levels.
Full Radius Dance
Contact: Douglas Scott, Artistic Director
P.O. Box 54453
Atlanta, GA 30308
Full Radius Dance is a modern dance organization dedicated to exploring new movement possibilities through physically-integrated dance. In addition to the professional performance company, the organization offers education and outreach programming designed to reach broad sections of the community, with a particular emphasis on people with disabilities.
The GIMP Project
Contact: Jeremy Alliger, Alliger Arts
Choreographer: Heidi Latsky
400 West 43rd Street, #21s
New York, NY 10036
GIMP is a 70-minute dance event featuring both disabled and non-disabled performers, with original and live music. GIMP creates a tangible sensuality, a touch of voyeurism, and a new frame of reference as both performers and audiences are acutely aware of being watched. Performances include talkbacks.
Heidi Latsky Dance developed an outreach component for communities, public schools, and universities.
Infinity Dance Theater
Contact: Kitty Lunn, Artistic Director
Christopher W. Frerichs, Managing Director
220 West 93rd Street, No. 6-C
New York, NY 10025
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Infinity Dance Theater is a dance company committed to expanding the boundaries of dance by featuring dancers with and without disabilities. In addition to performances across the country and around the world, Infinity has developed curricula for training ballet and modern dance educators to work with dancers using wheelchairs. Other educational activities include weekly dance classes, master classes, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and educational programming at public schools.
Inflight Dance Company
Contact: Paula Gorman,
Founder & Artistic Director
8622 Starcrest T-6
San Antonio, TX 78217
The Inflight Dance Company strives to integrate dancers with and without physical disabilities, in an effort to create profound dance presentations. The company performs in Texas, as well as other national venues.
International Center on Deafness and the Arts
Center Light Theatre
Contact: Kathleen Herman,
Executive Director of Programs
614 Anthony Trail
Northbrook, IL 60062
The International Center on Deafness and the Arts (ICODA) provides education, training, and artistic opportunities for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing, through participation in and observation of professional artistic endeavors. Opportunities with ICODA include theatre, arts festivals, museums, dance, distance learning, and children’s programming.
Karen Peterson & Dancers Inc.
Contact: Karen Peterson, Artistic Director
Home: Excello Dance Space
8700B SW 129th Terrace
Miami, FL 33176-5904
Office: 11760 Southwest 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33156
Karen Peterson and Dancers Inc., founded in 1989, is a nonprofit dance organization dedicated to the development, education, and presentation of dance through workshops and performances. The company’s repertory is performed by dancers with and without disabilities, and an annual season of new work fosters creative opportunities for choreographers and dance artists within the community. The organization creates and presents integrated dance, promotes International Cultural Exchange, and provides opportunities for Miami-based dance artists at Excello, the company’s black box performance venue.
Light Motion Dance Company
Contact: Charlene Curtiss
1520 32nd Avenue, South
Seattle, WA 98144
Light Motion Dance Company was established to help develop the artistic expressions of dancers with and without disabilities. Working with both choreography and improvisation, the company travels nationally and internationally to perform and teach dance residencies for dancers of all ages, abilities, and professional levels.
Tokounou Dance Company
Contact: Sidiki Conde
137 First Avenue, #7
New York, NY 10003
The Tokounou Dance Company works with children and adults of all abilities to learn and perform African dance and music in schools, hospitals, and universities. Participants learn to dance, sing, and play African rhythms on djembe drums and other instruments.
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