Our Patrons

Steve Elias

Steve is currently the presenter and choreographer of the BBC 2 “Our Dancing Town” and the Artistic Director of Carmarthen Youth Opera, he has also recently been made a proud Patron of the London Ballet Foundation. His most recent UK freelance teaching credits include, MA Musical Theatre Degree at  Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Educational Performance Arts School.

He was also invited by Ken Cazan to teach on the highly acclaimed Vocal Arts and Opera course at the prestigious USC Thornton school of Music, LA. Steve was also awarded a bursary ‘Acting for Others’ from Dance Development Trust. Steve has enjoyed meeting and working with the DanceSyndrome dancers and is excited and honoured to be a Patron.

Sian Lockwood OBE

Sian Lockwood is a graduate of Oxford University with a Masters in Social Work Studies. She worked in a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations in the UK and Africa before becoming in 1991 the Chief Executive of a charity in the north of England, provided a variety of community and family based services including Shared Lives. The charity grew and diversified under her leadership, extending its reach to cover more than eight local authority areas and increasing its turnover fifteen-fold.

Sian was elected Chair of NAAPS UK (the network for family-based and small-scale ways of supporting adults and now called Shared Lives Plus) in 2002 and in that role worked closely with UK governments to promote the value of very small localised services and ensured that legislative and regulatory requirements were appropriate and did not place unnecessary barriers in the way of people establishing and delivering local small scale enterprises. She continued and extended this work when she was appointed as the charity’s first Chief Executive in July 2004 and was instrumental in securing recognition by central and local government of the importance of very small community social care and health services to the successful transformation of adult social care.

Sian is the first Chief Executive of Community Catalysts, a Community Interest Company launched by Shared Lives Plus in January 2010. Over the five years since its launch Community Catalysts has worked through a range of local partners (councils, independent providers and third sector infrastructure organisations) to help local people use their gifts, talents and imagination to set up sustainable social care and health enterprises and to support the development of Shared Lives.

Sian was awarded an OBE for services to social care in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Terry Snowden MBE

Terry is Founder & Principal Officer at The Heroes Project, a disability arts based development organisation providing a portfolio of popular activities that serve to recognise and engage people with a wide range of differing abilities and combined needs.

Terry believes that the learning disabled community are the most deprived community in the UK because they don’t have many positive role models representing them on a national footing. He also thinks that having the opportunity to be involved in the arts can extend to life enriching experiences that equally serve to improve the overall quality of life of those concerned.  These are both reasons why he supports DanceSyndrome.

Julie Ward MEP

Julie is a Member of European Parliament and an active campaigner for equal rights and social justice.

She has extensive experience of front-line grassroots work, engaging with people from all walks of life as they try to do their best for their families and their communities often in very challenging circumstances.

Julie was recently involved in an international delegation to Belfast to participate in an all-party discussion about the role of the arts in peace-building processes. This, combined with her knowledge of social justice, equality and community cohesion make her an ideal patron for DanceSyndrome.

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Organisations that have supported DanceSyndrome on their journey, include…

Funders

Spirit of 2012

Arts Council England

Natwest

Djangoly Foundation

The Percy Bilton Charity

Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

Lancashire Adult Learning

Lancashire County Council

SportEd

Duchy of Lancaster

Preston City Council

Adactus Housing

Tudor Trust

Henry Smith Foundation

Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group

Partners & Supporters

Business in the Arts

Colin Mather, Harmony Blinds

Community Catalysts

Mailbox ETC (Didsbury)

North Lancashire Learning Disability Partnerships

Preston’s College

Trafford Council

UnLtd Connect

Pathways Associates

University of Central Lancashire

Lancaster University

Hynburn and Ribble Valley CVS

SKILS CIC

Caritas Care

The Bridge Centre, Accrington

My Life CIC

Andrew Curden

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Arts-Council

Forever-Manchester

Lancashire-County-Council

Lottery

NHS-Salford

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Sported

UCLAN

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