AXIS Dance Company with consultant Debra Cash of Boston Dance Alliance, and our colleague Jo Verrent of Unlimited - the world's largest commissioning program for disabled artists ( - have collaborated on this compendium of information for artists, educators, producers, funders and others interested in the issues of dance that includes people with disabilities. 

Many of these references are found at, which includes some material on UK law and other topics that are beyond the scope of our efforts.

General Resources on Arts/Dance and Disability

Websites for Physically Integrated Arts Organizations and Disabled Artists

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Disability Arts: Practice, History, & Theory

  • Adaptive technologies and the built environment
  • Albright, A.C. "Choreographing Difference; The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance" Hanover: Wesleyan University Press (1997)
  • Alright, A.C. "Strategic Abilities: Negotiating the Disabled Body in Dance," Michigan Quarterly Review, Disability, Art, and Culture (Pt 2), Summer 1998
  • Ames. M ‘Performing between intention and unconscious daily gesture. How might disabled dancers offer us a new aesthetic sensibility?’ About performance No 11, 2012, 143, 143
  • Benjamin, A. "Making An Entrance; theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled dancers" London: Routledge. (2002)
  • Cameron, C. (2011) "Disability Arts: From the Social Model to the Affirmative Model". In Parallel Lines, 1:1. [Online]
  • Cameron, C. (2011) "Not Our Problem: Impairment as Difference, Disability as Role". Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education. Vol. 3:2
  • Cameron, C. (2014) "Developing an Affirmative Model of Disability and Impairment". In Swain, J. French, S. Barnes, C. and Thomas, C. (Eds.) Disabling Barriers: Enabling Environments 3rd Ed. London: Sage
  • Cameron, C. (Ed.) (2014) "Disability Studies: A Student’s Guide" London: Sage
  • Cameron, C. & Tossell, D. (2012): "Another Way of Looking, Social Work Education": The International Journal, 31:2, 241-245
  • Cameron, C. "Tragic but Brave or just Crips with Chips?" Popular Music (2009) Volume 28/3. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2009, pp. 381–396
  • Cameron, C. "Whose Problem? Disability Narratives and available identities" Community Development Journal Vol 42 No 4 October 2007 pp. 501–511
  • Cheyne, R. “Theorising Culture and Disability: Interdisciplinary Dialogues.” JLCDS 3.1 (2009): 101-04
  • Davis, L. J. "Bending over backwards: Disability, dismodernism and other difficult positions". New York University Press (2002).
  • Fox, A. "Inclusive Arts Practice and Research: a critical manifesto" forthcoming Mary 2015
  • Hugh Herr, The New Bionics that let us run, climb and dance
  • Johnston, K. "Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre" Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press (2012)
  • Keshet Arts 'Creating an Adaptive Dance Program for Your Community' Handbook
  • Kuppers, P. "Disability and Contemporary Performance; Bodies on Edge" (2003) London: Routledge.
  • Langtree, Ian. "Wheelchair Dancing: Types & Information" Disabled World.
  • Marsh, Kate. 2014. "Finding Your Way". Animated, the community dance magazine (Winter edition). Published by Foundation for Community Dance.
  • McFee, G. "The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance: Identity, Performance and Understanding" Alton: Dance Books (2011)
  • Mitchell, D, and Snyder, S. "Cultural Locations of Disability" Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2006)
  • Ogden, C. A. and Wakeman, S. (eds) "Corporeality: The Body and Society (Issues in the Social Sciences)". University of Chester Press (2013)
  • Oliver, M. "The Politics of Disablement: Critical Texts in Social Work and the Welfare State" Palgrave Macmillan (1990)
  • Oliver, M. "Understanding Disability: From Theory to Practice" New York: St. Martin’s Press (1996)
  • Parekh, V. "Please Stop Calling My Life with a Disability 'Inspiring'" (2016)
  • Reed, S.A. "The Politics and Poetics of Dance" Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 27 (1998), pp. 503-532
  • Riddell, S and Watson, N. "Disability, Culture and Identity" Prentice Hall (2003)
  • Roundtable on Disability Blogging from Disability Studies Quarterly
  • Sandahl, C. and Auslander, P. "Bodies in Commotion Disability and Performance" Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press (2005)
  • Sandahl, C and Auslander, P (eds). 2005. Bodies in Commotion Disability and Performance. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Swain, J., French, S and Cameron, C. "Controversal Issues in A Disabiling Society" Open University Press (2003)
  • The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive: NDACA - Home to the Heritage and Rich History of the Disability Arts Movement (UK)
  • UPIAS, Fundamental principles of Disability (London Union of the Physically Impaired, 1976)
  • Verrent, Jo. 2011. "Shifting Ground: on Scottish Dance Theatre." The Creative Case for Diversity.  
  • Verrent, Jo. 2011. "We are Astonishing: on Disability Arts." The Creative Diversity.
  • Whatley, Sarah The Spectacle of Difference: Dance and Disability on Screen

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Information on Training Programs & Teachers

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Disability & Audiences

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Funding Sources

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