About Us

Established in 2009, DanceSyndrome was the inspiration of founder and Creative Director, Jen Blackwell, who has Down’s syndrome, and wanted to follow her dream of being a dancer and dance leader.

We believe that everyone has the right to follow their own interests and passions – whether they have a disability or not. We have an equal number of learning-disabled and non-disabled company members, and we provide inclusive dance and leadership opportunities for people who believe disability need not be a barrier to living life to the full.

All our dance activity is led and informed by people with learning disabilities. DanceSyndrome activities give people confidence, respect, value and self-belief through our philosophy of ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’.

Our Vision is Simple

Empowering learning-disabled individuals through inclusive dance.

Our Charitable Objective is:

To advance education in the art of dance for the public benefit, in particular (but not exclusively) for the learning disabled.

Our Mission

To be a sustainable leading community role model that provides high quality inclusive dance leadership, participation, performance and training opportunities for both learning disabled and non-disabled individuals and our company of dancers.

Our core values are embedded within our mission statement:

  • Respect and value people
  • Fun
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Freedom of expression
  • Partnership
  • Listen and engage local people
  • Drive dance leadership
  • Fairness and equality
  • Clear accountability and transparency
  • Quality and Artistic excellence
  • Innovation
  • Participation

Jen Blackwell

Founder Director

Peter Pamphlett

Dance Leader & Director

Dawn Vickers

Managing Director

Sarah Calderbank

Project Coordinator

Sophie Tickle

Lead Artist & Project Manager

Toni Nel