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.
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
- Health and wellbeing
- Freedom of expression
- Listen and engage local people
- Drive dance leadership
- Fairness and equality
- Clear accountability and transparency
- Quality and Artistic excellence