We are currently have Trustee opportunities for four new Trustees to join the DanceSyndrome family alongside an existing team of eight, and to support a brand-new Managing Director joining on 1st September 2021.   This is an exciting time to be joining DanceSyndrome where inclusivity and equality create a vibrant energised connected ‘family’. We aim…

A local teenager is fundraising for charity this summer, despite having had recent surgery to correct scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. Teegan Chilton is 15 years old from Barley, Lancashire. She is fundraising for DanceSyndrome’s “We like to Move It Move It” campaign, which encourages people to stay active during the pandemic and turn…

A national organisation supporting mental health charities has chosen to boost the fundraising efforts of DanceSyndrome as we plan for our future in the changing post-pandemic world.   MAKEITBLUE CIC is a non-profit company dedicated to raising funds for mental health charities. Formed by a group of live events professionals, they work on arts, entertainment…

Following our last Covid update on 15th June, we are excited that following government confirmation, we are now able to return to indoor dance for the first time since March 2020!   We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone again!   An easy read version of this update can be downloaded here.  …

Christopher Reid is 24 years old, from East London. He is a keen athlete who hopes to represent Team GB in the next Paralympic games in 400m and 800m running events. Christopher has a learning disability and has had mental health difficulties in the past and he blogs about his experiences to raise awareness and…

Sue & Malcolm’s fundraising sailing challenge DanceSyndrome was founded in 2009 by Jen Blackwell, who happens to have Down’s syndrome, because she found it difficult to find opportunities in community dance due to her disability. Her parents Sue and Malcolm Blackwell wanted their daughter to be able to follow her dreams of a career in…

Millie Kingsnorth is from Biddenden, Kent. At the age of 21 years old, she was able to join DanceSyndrome remotely on a student placement, thanks to online dance opportunities that were offered during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Millie carried out a university placement with DanceSyndrome in early 2021. As a placement student, Millie delivered 6…

This year Father’s Day falls in Learning Disability Week so we wanted to share some words from a father on the theme for this year of “getting creative”. Who better to share their thoughts than Malcolm Blackwell, father of our Founder Jen?   For Father’s Day, Malcolm (pictured with Jen) reflects on this year’s Learning…

DanceSyndrome COVID Update – June 2021:   This update will give you all the information that you need about our continuing online dance sessions and forthcoming indoor sessions. This is quite a long update, if you prefer a visual summary, please click here.   UPDATED 15th JUNE 2021 with revised dates following the government announcement…

We are thrilled to have received a grant of £9,500 to support the work of our Dance Leaders with learning disabilities as the UK follows the roadmap out of lockdown.   Funding from the National Lottery Awards for All will enable us to safely adapt as we return to face-to-face dance sessions in the community…

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