Borne Dance Company is a team of collaborating artists led by New York based choreographer Katie Kilbourn, Borne was created in 2015 by Katie Kilbourn and Kianna Moye. The members of Borne Dance Company vary in artistic nuance and they share a common goal of creating work that educates and raises awareness of eating disorders and other mental illness. By collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and spoken word artists, Borne offers donation based shows that provide educational resources and information on where to find help for these conditions. Donation based shows provide the opportunity to reach a wider range of audience members, and when possible donations are given back to organizations that provide research and resources to those who are dealing with these disorders and illnesses. Through their own personal experiences and research, the members of Borne Dance Company create thought provoking work that sparks interest, compassion, and empathy in their audience. Borne Dance Company believes that education and compassion can lead to the prevention and an understanding of eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Since its inception in 2015 Borne has performed at The Producer's Club, Dixon Place, Green Space, Anita's Way, St. Paul's Upstair's Theater, and The Brick.
This year Borne aims to expand their presence as an educational resource for awareness surrounding social issues. After hosting a successful workshop and performance with the inpatient adolescents at Bellevue Hospital, Borne plans on hosting several workshops throughout the city over the next season for both adolescents and adults. Our workshops are designed to help people find their own artistic expression in a safe and open minded environment. We believe art can be a healthy outlet, and we would like to teach others how to develop and nurture their artistic abilities. Our workshops incorporate dance, writing, and visual art to give our students a variety of art forms that they might connect with. Borne will also work on creating a new piece titled “Otherside” which will premiere this summer as part of a performance and workshop that will be presented for adults in New York City. In addition to hosting workshops, Borne will also be presenting their work at several performances throughout the year.
Mental illness has become essential to Borne's mission because of it's huge impact on Katie and Kianna's lives. Having friends and family affected by mental illness, it's important to them to use their work to raise awareness and lessen the stigma surrounding it within their own capabilities as company owners. On a national scale, in our current administration it is now more important than ever for America to witness the positive impact that art can have on society and prove the fact that art is indeed a necessity and not a luxury.
News and update:
Borne Dance Company is looking for versatile contemporary dancers to audition for our new season on Sunday April 29 from 4-6 pm at Spaceworks Long Island City in Studio C. Borne’s goal is to create collaborative work that incorporates dance, music, visual art, and spoken word into pieces that educate and raise awareness of eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Since Borne’s inception in 2015 we have successfully put on three benefit shows in honor of the National Eating Disorder Association’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, we have become clothing ambassadors for the non-profit organization Project Heal and schizophrenic.nyc, and have put on a workshop and show for the inpatient adolescents at the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital in addition to many other performances throughout New York City. Borne has performed at The Producers Club, Anita’s Way, Greenspace, Dixon Place, and in an art installation designed by Cultural Workers.
For our new season we plan to focus on presenting workshops for adolescents and adults as well as hosting shows that incorporate positive mental health and artistic expression. Because we are working towards our non-profit status, rehearsals and shows will not be paid. However, we will offer experience working one on one with the mental health community as well as offer a stipend for our end of the season show in February during our annual eating disorder awareness show. We highly encourage only those who have a passion and dedication for mental health or eating disorder awareness to apply.
We are looking for dancers who are expressive and have strong contemporary and partnering skills with the ability to learn fast paced and technical movement. To apply please send headshot, resume, and either a dance reel or video to BorneDanceCompany@gmail.com by April 22. We also request that you email us a short paragraph as to why you are interested in this company and why Borne would be a good fit for you. We will give you the first fifteen minutes to warm up in the audition.
To learn more about us please visit BorneDance.com