DanceSyndrome was recognised at a national level this week when our Dancer Leader team was announced as the winner of the Sporting Chance Award at the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards.   The awards, which took place on Thursday 14th July 2016 at the ICC, Birmingham, exist to celebrate excellence in the support…

Turn your passion for dance into a career with our exclusive dance leadership training!   Dance by Example is a unique training course to enable people with learning disabilities to gain the skills and confidence needed to co-deliver dance workshops and take the role of Dance Leader.   The training is also aimed at people…

  DanceSyndrome is very excited to announce that Arts Council England have chosen to support the charity’s new project entitled “Orbit”.   The project is a new approach for DanceSyndrome, allowing the dance company to develop some extremely creative new dance pieces. The project will start with a piece of improvised dance based around the…

Craig Hartley is selling a book of his poems to raise money for DanceSyndrome (more details available here) and this inspired us to think about the many ways that dance inspires art. We thought a competition would be a great way to bring together a collection of dance inspired art.   We want you to tell…

DanceSyndrome supporter Craig Hartley has kindly donated 8 of his best poems to be used in a book with proceeds being donated to DanceSyndrome’s fundraising appeal.  Speaking about his poetry, Craig said “Having Down syndrome, I’ve always experienced an internal struggle with the things I’ve had to face in life. I decided to call this…

The DanceSyndrome workshop in Chorley had a special guest appearance this week by County Councillor Steve Holgate.   Steve Holgate, who represents Chorley West on the authority, is also responsible for supporting organisations working with disabled residents across Lancashire.   Steve showed everyone his dance moves at Chorley Community Centre as part of a weekly…

We always love to hear from our participants about how DanceSyndrome workshops help them to improve their lives.   Here are two case studies from our Accrington workshop, which takes place every Thursday morning 10:30am -12pm at the New Era Centre. The workshop started in November 2015 and you can see from the case studies…

Can you bake, run, walk, dance, swim or shave your head? Then you can help DanceSyndrome raise funding in our appeal to hit our target of £10k by September! In 2016 we want to build on the momentum we created in 2015, which culminated in our Founder Jen Blackwell being voted Inspirational Woman of the…

  DanceSyndrome supporter Richard Baldwin has signed up for a charity challenge to support the charity’s 2016 fundraising appeal.   Richard, age 52 from Preston, has been supporting DanceSyndrome for just over a year. Richard is a volunteer with the Canfield Trust, who support small charities to become more sustainable. His work up to press…

DanceSyndrome founder Jen Blackwell has been included in the May edition of Lancashire Magazine. The magazine which went on sale on Thursday 7th April features a 3 page spread about Jen and how she was inspired to start DanceSyndrome. If you would like to read the full article you can find it here.

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