Jen Blackwell is Creative Founder and Director of DanceSyndrome. Jen has Down’s syndrome but at no point has that got in the way of her aspiration and determination. Ever since leaving mainstream school she wanted to be a community dance worker, but after more than 10 years of searching she never found appropriate training.Read More
Peter was born in 1978 at Bolton Royal Hospital. When Peter was a child it became clear that he had a speech impediment, a learning disability which means that although his brain processed information quite quickly he couldn’t always communicate what he was thinking and people found it very hard to understand him.
Jodie Turner is a young lady with quadriplegia cerebral palsy and non-verbal communication. Before enrolling in DanceSyndrome’s Dance By Example course she had taken part in a range of dance activities and though she loved to dance, she never thought it would be possible for her to pursue it as a career.
Lizi is 25 years old and started dancing at the age of 3 with Dimensions Dance School, in Oldham, where she lives. Dimensions are a large school who do annual shows at Middleton Arena – consisting of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dances. Lizi loves the shows because everyone has really glamorous costumes to dress up in!
Becky is 25 and lives in Fullwood in Preston. She joined DanceSyndrome in 2014 after her dad had heard about the charity through a leaflet. Becky loves DanceSyndrome! She has been dancing since a young age and has always wanted to teach dance, so the opportunities that DanceSyndrome has given her make Becky feel happy!
Dance by Example is DanceSyndrome’s unique training course which empowers people with learning disabilities to become dance leaders and those without learning disabilities to become support artists. Dorothy Shepherd completed Dance by Example in 2016. She explains in her own words why taking part in Dance By Example has been a valuable experience for her.
Dance by Example is DanceSyndrome’s unique training course which empowers people with learning disabilities to become dance leaders and those without learning disabilities to become support artists. This case study shows how Dance by Example has worked for Helen, who completed Dance by Example in 2016.
Dancing and performing has been a part of Sophie’s life since the age of three. Growing up she completed all her vocational dance and drama exams and went onto study Drama at Exeter University where she graduated with a first class honours degree. An applied arts module during her course really affirmed the power the arts have in engaging, stimulating and motivating participants in a truly unique way.Read More
Together we can make a difference
If you are inspired by the amazing stories of how our Dance Leaders became involved with DanceSyndrome, why don’t you join us too? Everybody is welcome and there are lots of ways that you can get involved.