Using dance to create a place of inclusion for all experiences and to honor the intersectional identities of BIPOC people with disability.
Through regular productions, a professional performing company, and community engagement programs, Abilities Dance Boston (ADB) highlights diverse identities within and outside of the disabled community and fosters conversations to build equity for disabled people in multigenerational and multicultural communities. Because people with disabilities experience harm in our society at-large, as well as in BIPOC and other smaller communities, ADB uses dance to create a place of inclusion for all experiences, as well as honoring the intersectional identities of BIPOC people with disability. Since its founding in 2017, volunteer executive/artistic director Ellice Patterson has grown the company to more than 30 dancers and musicians, designers, interpreters, and others representing a spectrum of different ability statuses. In Massachusetts, ADB is simultaneously one of the most visible presenters of work from artists with disability, one of the leading employers supporting paid artists with disability, and one of the most vocal advocates for the rights and wellbeing of artists with disability.