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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…