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Workshop on Adaptive Ballet/Contemporary/Modern: Adapting different forms of dance into a practice that works for disabled and nondisabled bodies. In addition to various warm-ups (some deriving from ballet), they’ll also learn examples of choreography from previous / current Abilities Dance Boston performances.
Ellice Patterson is the founder/ executive and artistic director of Abilities Dance, a Boston-based dance company that welcomes artists across the nation with and without disabilities. She is also the executive director of BalletRox, providing dance education to Boston youth facing the most systemic inequities at our after-school location and across many public schools, private schools, and more in Boston. Outside of self-produced Abilities Dance’s shows, her choreography has appeared in the MFA, Links Hall in Chicago, Gibney Dance in NYC, The Series: Vol IV at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, and more. She has given lectures and workshops at schools, universities, and organizations across the country, including keynote speaker at Berklee’s 2020 ABLE Conference, keynote speaker at Trauma Center’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Fidelity Investments, Boston University, and more. She has informally and formally worked with organizations to improve their intersectional access approaches such as Record Co., Community Music Center of Boston, and more. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College and her Masters of Science in Management Studies from Boston University Questrom School of Business.