Wednesday 11th July saw the exclusive preview performance of DanceSyndrome’s new Edinburgh Fringe performance piece Lit aDrift.   Our dancers were thrilled to perform in front of a packed audience at The Media Factory in Preston. It turns out the audience we’re equally thrilled to be there! The feedback that we have had from the…

In 2018, DanceSyndrome has been fortunate to be able to celebrate our 5th anniversary of being a registered charity. As part of our celebrations we are sharing memories and highlights from those 5 years to demonstrate how far we have come in that time, and how much potential there is for the future.   But…

Jen Blackwell, DanceSyndrome founder, honoured by The National Lottery on ITV primetime TV   The National Lottery’s ‘Big Surprise’ – which honours the individuals who have made a real difference with the help of National Lottery funding – made a dream come true for our Founder Jen Blackwell!   The ‘Big Surprise’ is a 90-second…

Sarah Calderbank (pictured second from right at a fundraising event for DanceSyndrome) is the Project Coordinator for DanceSyndrome’s Spirit of 2012 funded project. She has been involved with the charity since 2014, initially as a volunteer before being employed in 2015. Sarah’s role involves promoting the charity and recruiting people to our workshops and training…

DanceSyndrome is excited to share the news that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Charity of the Year award category at the 2018 E3 Business Awards.   Members of the DanceSyndrome team will now attend an interview with a judging panel, where they will speak to the judges about the way…

As DanceSyndrome’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 fundraising campaign gains momentum, Dance Leader Pauline Hall completed a sponsored swim last week to help with the fundraising efforts. Her friend and fellow dance leader Becky Rich went with Pauline to cheer her on, and she has written a brief blog about the fundraising event.   Here is…

Anna James, age 20, is a Dance Performance and Teaching student at the University of Central Lancashire. She is also a volunteer and dancer with DanceSyndrome. Here she shares her story about why the charity is important to her.   “DanceSyndrome performed at UCLan in the first few weeks of my first year at University…

Wednesday 21st March 2018 is World Down’s Syndrome Day. People around the world are celebrating their friends and relatives who bring love, happiness and joy into their lives, and also happen to have Down’s syndrome. This is something we aim to do every day at DanceSyndrome, and we always choose to celebrate people’s abilities, rather…

DanceSyndrome believes in true inclusion. We are proud to be disability led and to provide opportunities that empower our participants to focus on their abilities, rather than their disabilities. For inclusion to be successful, it is necessary to work closely with people as individuals to find out their hopes, dreams and passions and then to…

Jen Blackwell and Becky Rich are the best of friends. They share a passion for dance and spend many hours enjoying each other’s company. But they are not just the best of friends, they are a force for good, challenging perceptions and trying to make the world a better place, using dance as their weapon…