Borne Dance Company is a team of collaborating artists based in New York City. The members of Borne Dance Company vary in artistic nuance and 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. Borne was created in 2015 by Katie Kilbourn and Kianna Moye and since then 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 Courtney’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.