DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell has been shortlisted as a finalist for the HER-abilities Award at the upcoming Inspire Women Awards.   The  Inspire Women Awards celebrate the wealth of outstanding contributions women have made to the North West.  It is a night of celebration and achievements of women from all walks of life in the…

Two dancers from DanceSyndrome have been chosen to perform at a prestigious dance festival in London this summer.   David Corr, 21 from Chorley, and Jessica Reid, 16 from Preston, represented DanceSyndrome at the U.Dance North West regional festival in March at The Lowry, Manchester. Working with DanceSyndrome Dance Artists Sophie Tickle and David Darcy,…

DanceSyndrome supporter Craig Hartley has published his first novella “A Change of Views”. Craig has kindly offered to donate all proceeds from his book to DanceSyndrome!   “The Greek Gods used to be revered by the masses but in these modern times the people had forgotten about them. They needed a change… to move from…

Following three successful months of our new EXTEND and EXPLORE technique sessions, we have made some slight adjustments to the schedule for these sessions based on feedback from participants. The new schedule, starting from Monday 29th April, will be as follows:   Mondays: Beginners Ballet – 11:15am – 12:15pm Street Dance – 1pm – 2pm…

It’s World Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day today, which is also part of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week in the UK.   Several of our dancers happen to have Down’s syndrome and while we always prefer to focus on their strengths, talents and abilities rather than their disabilities, it’s really important that we raise awareness of what…

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, so we invited DanceSyndrome Ambassador and Spokesperson Becky Rich to share her thoughts with us and write her own blog. Here are Becky’s thoughts about her role with DanceSyndrome.   I am Becky Rich and I am 28 years old. I am a Spokesperson and Ambassador for DanceSyndrome…

DanceSyndrome Founders Jen and Sue Blackwell have been featured in issue 315 of Yours Magazine.   In the article Jen and Sue talk about Jen’s childhood, the challenges that they faced together and how Jen’s love of dance led to the formation of DanceSyndrome.   You can see the full article “We want to teach…

2018 was one of the busiest years in DanceSyndrome’s history. It was the year we celebrated 5 years as a charity and we celebrated in style with a variety of inspiring performances, national media coverage, several awards/ accolades and our own awards ceremony and party to round it all off!   Here we share some…

Established in 2009, DanceSyndrome was the inspiration of founder and Creative Director, Jen Blackwell, who has Down’s syndrome and struggled to find opportunities to follow her dream of being a dancer and dance leader. Director (and proud mum) Sue Blackwell talks to daughter Jen and lead artist, Sophie Tickle about being empowered by inclusive dance:…

DanceSyndrome Dance Leader Becky Rich has been in the news a lot recently! In November she was announced as the winner of Disability Equality (NW)’s Lesley Finley Community Award and on Monday 3rd December she was announced as one of only 60 people (15 in her category) to make the national Learning Disability and Autism…