Established in 2009, DanceSyndrome was the inspiration of founder and Creative Director, Jen Blackwell, who has Down’s syndrome and struggled to find opportunities to follow her dream of being a dancer and dance leader. Director (and proud mum) Sue Blackwell talks to daughter Jen and lead artist, Sophie Tickle about being empowered by inclusive dance:…

DanceSyndrome Dance Leader Becky Rich has been recognised at a national level for the contribution that she has made to the lives of people with disabilities.   The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List is the UK’s first national listing of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are helping make things better for themselves…

In early 2019, DanceSyndrome is launching a range of new sessions for dancers of all abilities to develop their skills in specific areas of dance.   These sessions will be called EXTEND and EXPLORE. They are different from our weekly Everybody Dance workshops as they have more of a focus on technical skills and specific…

In celebration of 5 years as a charity, and 9 years in total, DanceSyndrome have produced a 108 page book (210mm x 210mm) which shares highlights from the history of the organisation alongside stories from people whose lives have been impacted by the charity.   We are selling copies of the book to help raise…

In celebration of 5 years of being a charity, DanceSyndrome is hosting a special 5th Birthday Party fundraising event on 23rd November. A raffle will be held on the night to raise money for our charity.     Raffle prizes include:   Dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 at Blackpool Village Hotel Dinner, bed & breakfast…

DanceSyndrome Dance Leader Becky Rich has been recognised with a community award for the contribution that she has made to the lives of people with disabilities across Lancashire.   Becky is a volunteer DanceSyndrome. She helps to deliver inclusive dance workshops and dance leadership training as well as inspiring performances that demonstrate a focus on…

DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell was thrilled to discover that, following some work  that DanceSyndrome had done with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the team at 10 Downing Street had heard about our work and the Prime Minister wanted to recognise Jen’s work through a Point of Light award.   Points of Light are…

Jen Blackwell, DanceSyndrome Founder and Director, was announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK at a reception at the South Bank Centre on Wednesday 17 October.   The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK….

DanceSyndrome Managing Director Dawn Vickers has been recognised with an award nomination!   Dawn has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Business Woman award at the 2018 Enterprise Vision Awards!   Dawn has been the driving force behind DanceSyndrome since 2014 and has had a huge impact on the direction the charity has taken….

DanceSyndrome is taking its latest performance piece to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival thanks to financial support from Chorley based business Empower Housing Association.   In 2017, the DanceSyndrome team performed their debut performance at the Edinburgh Fringe after a successful fundraising campaign to fund the trip. The performances were so successful and got such…