My name is Jen Susan Blackwell. I’m 36 years old and I set up my own dance charity with my mum and dad. My charity is called DanceSyndrome and we are an award winning charity, and we are led by adults with learning disabilities. Our motto is ‘Dancer Led, Disability Inspired’.   Me and my…

Our dancers are very excited to share the news that we will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after a huge success in 2017!   DanceSyndrome’s dancers perform live at special events across the UK with the aim of inspiring people and demonstrating that people with disabilities can live a life of their choosing…

Helen Shepherd is a Dance Leader and Administration Assistant with DanceSyndrome. She is a valued member of the team who has a unique understanding of the value of inclusive dance and the complex logistics of delivering workshops and event performances. Here Helen talks about how her work with DanceSyndrome started and why she thinks volunteering…

We’re changing lives, unlocking potential & challenging perceptions with our “ability, not disability” approach! Can you help us?   We are looking for new Trustees and a Chairperson to join our Board of Directors.   Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up…

We’re thrilled to announce that DanceSyndrome’s two films that were nominated for Charity Film Awards have both been shortlisted following the public vote last year!   Thanks to everyone who supported our social media voting campaign at the end of 2017! Your votes mean that both of our films are in the top 10 in…

DanceSyndrome is a charity that focuses on ability rather than disability. We work with a lot of talented individuals, with and without disabilities, who have lots of amazing ideas for driving the charity forward and lots of skills that we want to enable them to develop.   As part of our Spirit of 2012 funded…

  We are very excited that two brilliant films about DanceSyndrome’s work have been nominated for Charity Film Awards!   The first round of judging is a public vote, which takes place between 27th October and 15th December, so we need our supporters help if we are going to win! The films are nominated in…

As Christmas approaches, we all start to think more about how we can give to others and for most people it truly is a time of compassion, generosity and being charitable.   Over recent years, many people have started to rethink the way that they share the spirit of Christmas and have made the decision…

Stephen Smith is a regular participant at our Saturday morning Clitheroe workshop. He is a popular and well-loved member of the group, who is known for his big voice and even bigger heart!   Stephen has been nominated for The Guardian’s Public Servant of the Year Award and there is absolutely no doubt in our…

Sarah Calderbank is the Project Coordinator for DanceSyndrome’s Spirit of 2012 funded project. Her role involves promoting the charity and recruiting people to our workshops and training courses, as well as organising and attending performance at events. Here she writes about how valuable audience feedback is to DanceSyndrome and shares some of the amazing comments…