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Inspirational – every dancer had an important role in delivering a professional piece of contemporary dance. More please!
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Amazing. Inspirational. Enjoyable. Fab!!! The smiles on the faces said it all.
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Inspirational and I already know that disabled people can follow their dreams. Thank you for your work in making it real.
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Fantastic performance, thank you!
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Fabulous!
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Amazing! Inspiring!
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There was a level of intimacy in the performance I haven't experienced before.
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Stunning performance.
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Great performance. Loved it!
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Amazing magical performance.
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Excellent work and worthwhile activity.
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An outstanding performance. Thank you.
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Fab performance led by Jen at DanceSyndrome the inclusive arts charity. Empowering people with learning disabilities through dance.
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DanceSyndrome reinforces ability and talent of disabled people.
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So last night Ii had the pleasure of watching DanceSyndrome perform in Preston! This is a dance company of disabled & non-disabled dancers. What is so unique to them is that each dancer gets to lead their own dance session! The first time I had heard about this project, I cried, I cried out of joy, out of progress & out of fulfilment that such a forward-thinking movement was being put into action. The performance last night blew me away completely! DanceSyndrome prove 100% that we are all one and that every person in our world deserves the opportunity to explore the best of their ability. Thank you so much for inspiring me, but mostly inspiring my little sister, she loved it! Even more amazing to then cater to a diverse, wide audience where everyone can relate and enjoy art. Big up to all the dance artists you should be so proud!
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Such a privilege to watch.
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When attending the EVA Awards, the last thing I expected was to be stunned by a group of disabled dancers. After performing myself and witnessing performances quite regularly, never have I been so captivated by a dance/physical theatre act before... It brought me to tears, and I've never cried through happiness before. Thank-you for being guys!
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Very emotional and utterly brilliant!
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Workshop & Training Participants Say...

'Dance is something I wanted to do for many years.'
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'I like using my imagination, it is a physical and mental exercise. All the hate I had is gone. I feel like I'm part of something and that makes me happy and relaxed.'
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'Made me more sociable'
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'More confident'
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'I've got new friends'
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'I go out more'
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'I'm happier in my life'
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'I love dancing!'
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'I like leading, it makes me feel I'm on top of the world We have fun at dancing and I laugh a lot I used to be angry but dancing makes me better.'
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'When leading I feel in control, empowered, I feel really good about myself, a sense of friendship, bonding, happy.'
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'DanceSyndrome is good. I’m talking to more people and feeling more confident.'
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'DanceSyndrome is a truly wonderful and inspirational group... I’m so glad that we are all taking this journey together.'
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'In over 20 years, it’s the best activity I have ever seen. It’s exercise, but it’s also a lot of fun.' (Support Worker)
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'Someone said to me what a great workshop leader I was and that I could be an inspiration to other people, and that I was giving her son hope.'
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'I've grown in confidence since being part of DanceSyndrome, and through regular workshops that I lead and dance development days, I'm much more flexible physically... I've enjoyed learning new dance skills, and I'm more confident speaking because I practise this as a workshop leader... people understand me better now. It's been great being part of a team and travelling to new places that I might not otherwise see without DanceSyndome.'
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Feedback from Professionals

'I would like to thank you very much for participating so fully in the Leaders’ Quest Barclays Ops and Tech leadership programme last week. The feedback from participants on your session has been excellent. This was a wonderful visit. The group particularly enjoyed their meeting with Jen, Peter and Sophie and appreciated your taking the time to share your experiences and perspectives on DanceSyndrome. We all found the visit quite emotional and humbling. It was great to get us on our feet and the dance workshop you did with us was really impactful and memorable. The group came away from the visit thoroughly impressed by all of you as people, by the vision and scope of Dance Syndrome’s activities and by your presentation and the video of Jen winning her award. It felt like we were with her on that evening, such was the power of that relived experience.'
C. Maddox, Leaders Quest
‘What an inspiring young lady [Jen].’
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'PWLD are at a greater risk of developing major health problems than the rest of the population - conditions that include respiratory and lung problems, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. DS promotes good health through dance, by encouraging people to come together and get moving who might not otherwise get the chance. As well as the many social benefits, movement and dance in itself improves circulation, muscle tone, and increases the pulse rate. This is an essential opportunity that people with learning disabilities so often lack, as many live fairly sedentary lives. Having the chance to move and dance on a regular basis contributes to improving the general health of this vulnerable group in a way that is fun and positive, thus increasing the life chances of people who have learning disabilities more in line with the general population.'
Learning Disability Nurse Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, University of Salford.
'The Comensus (service user & carer group) at University of Central Lancashire have run a 1 in 4 Film Festival to raise awareness of Mental Health issues for 8 years. It is the only film festival run by service users and carers in Great Britain. At the opening of the event in October 2015, attended by the Mayor of Preston, a display was provided by Dance Syndrome and it was the most moving and inspirational event we have had.'
P Sullivan, Preston Carers Officer
'The workshops they provide for young people and adults with learning disabilities are ground-breaking, helping to build the person’s confidence and providing great social, health and well-being outcomes. Participants come away with more belief in their own abilities. Seeing Dance Leaders with a learning disability can only inspire the person to see what they can achieve. There is a definite need for organisations like DanceSyndrome in the community'
Adult Learning Disability Team, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
'Dance Syndrome's sessions have contributed so much to the development of our young people. Their inclusive approach towards movement is outstanding, meaning that every one of our participants has improved their physical abilities and knowledge of dance in a short space of time. In aspirational terms, for our young people to see a disabled person working professionally in the community it gives a great boost to how they view their future potential as leaders.'
J Patterson, So Many Words Theatre (Salford)
'I thought this was an amazing, powerful session! I took away a very strong learning message, possibly as a result of personal reflection on the days teaching, relating to the possibilities that are open to us when we are all included, and able to participate in mainstream activities and social interactions. I feel I took away some great insights into the power of connecting with others in alternative ways in order to enable this kind of inclusivity. Thank you for a great day that got me thinking deeply about my practice!'
Psychology student from Lancaster University
'DanceSyndrome is a truly inspirational opportunity for people with a learning disability; not only to learn to dance but also to become a dance leader. Co-production in practice.'
Community Catalysts
'DanceSyndrome were brilliant and positive'
Esther Rantzen, who worked with DanceSyndrome for Comic Relief
‘Amazing what Dance Syndrome has achieved with such little resources.’
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‘They are such a wonderful team.’
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‘This visit totally changed my perception of people with learning disabilities.’
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‘Really humbling. I chose option 3 because of the dance and it exceeded all my expectations.’
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