This week is Learning Disability Awareness Week and the theme for 2020 is the importance of friendships during lockdown. At DanceSyndrome we are always proud of the fact that we offer a great support network to our participants and do all we can to prevent social isolation – so much so that our dancers refer…

DanceSyndrome Online Dance Sessions #CarryOnDancing   Everyone at DanceSyndrome was disappointed when we were forced to have to cancel our regular dance sessions due to the coronavirus outbreak (you can read our COVID-19 Statement on the news page). At this time it is still unclear when regular community sessions will return. We will keep you…

At DanceSyndrome we are always proud of the fact that we offer a great support network to our participants and do all we can to prevent social isolation – so much so that our dancers refer to us as their “Dancing Family”. The last two weeks and the developing Coronavirus situation have been tough for…

It’s UK Disability History Month and for 2019 the focus is on disabled leaders throughout history and their struggle for acceptance. We wanted to write a blog about how DanceSyndrome empowers people with disabilities to be leaders through dance.   UK Disability History Month 2019 will examine how the leaders of the disabled peoples movement…

Becky Rich is a volunteer Dance Leader, Spokesperson and Ambassador for DanceSyndrome. As well as performing in both our contemporary dance and street dance performance teams, Becky works hard to promote our charity by giving inspiring speeches at conferences and special events and working to raise our profile through networking. In particular, she has recently…

Jen Blackwell is Director and Founder of DanceSyndrome. Jen happens to have Down’s syndrome but at no point has that got in the way of her aspiration and determination. She always wanted to be a dancer and nothing was going to stop her! This is the story of how and why she started DanceSyndrome, which…

Peter Pamphlett was one of the first volunteer dancers to join Jen Blackwell when DanceSyndrome was first established and he has been a vital member of the team ever since, playing an active role in scoping out what the group wanted the charity to look like and the activities they wanted to deliver. In his…

Becky Rich is a volunteer Dance Leader, Spokesperson and Ambassador for DanceSyndrome. As well as performing in both our contemporary dance and street dance performance teams, Becky works hard to promote our charity by giving inspiring speeches at conferences and special events and working to raise our profile through networking. In particular, she has recently…

Last week was a big week for DanceSyndrome Dance Leader Helen Cherry. She headed to Bristol to work on technical rehearsals for a touring show called Splash! which is a multi-sensory performance event presented by Extraordinary Bodies.   Helen, 29 years old from Merseyside, joined DanceSyndrome in 2017, taking part in our unique Dance By…

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…

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