Following three successful months of our new EXTEND and EXPLORE technique sessions, we have made some slight adjustments to the schedule for these sessions based on feedback from participants. The new schedule, starting from Monday 29th April, will be as follows:   Mondays: Beginners Ballet – 11:15am – 12:15pm Street Dance – 1pm – 2pm…

It’s World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day today, which is also part of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week in the UK.   Several of our dancers happen to have Down’s syndrome and while we always prefer to focus on their strengths, talents and abilities rather than their disabilities, it’s really important that we raise awareness of what…

DanceSyndrome Founders Jen and Sue Blackwell have been featured in issue 315 of Yours Magazine.   In the article Jen and Sue talk about Jen’s childhood, the challenges that they faced together and how Jen’s love of dance led to the formation of DanceSyndrome.   You can see the full article “We want to teach…

2018 was one of the busiest years in DanceSyndrome’s history. It was the year we celebrated 5 years as a charity and we celebrated in style with a variety of inspiring performances, national media coverage, several awards/ accolades and our own awards ceremony and party to round it all off!   Here we share some…

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…