The construction team working on the new Frontier Park development at junction 6 of the M65 have chosen to support DanceSyndrome after winning a site safety award.   The new development at Frontier Park was chosen as the winner of a “safest site” award by Bethell, a leading privately-owned construction and utility services company based…

We’re thrilled that our Dance Leader team have been shortlisted as Finalists for the People’s Award at the upcoming Learning Disability and Autism Awards!   Members of the team travelled to Birmingham on 16th May to be interviewed by the judges and everyone is excited to be attending the awards ceremony at the Birmingham ICC…

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,…

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…

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 recognised at a national level for the contribution that she has made to the lives of people with disabilities.   The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List is the UK’s first national listing of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are helping make things better for themselves…