Anna has been a volunteer and dance artist with Dance Syndrome since 2016. She became interested in the company after seeing a performance whilst at university and wanted to be involved. She contacted DanceSyndrome Managing Director Dawn Vickers who invited her to join in with a sponsored dance event. She was also invited to the filming of Orbit at Crosby Beach and enjoyed it so much that she became a regular volunteer for the Wednesday sessions at Plungington Community Centre.

Since graduating, Anna now co-leads that Everybody Dance session with Jodie Turner and also delivers a Contemporary Dance technique session. She has also joined the DS Collective for performance work. Anna has performed with DanceSyndrome in lots of exciting places including Enrich Festival in Watford, The Lowry in Manchester and one of her personal favourites was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 & 2018!

Anna was also proud to be part of an exciting Arts Council England project in 2019 called “Co-create”. This project explored the dynamics of working collaboratively. Like DanceSyndrome’s approach to co-leading sessions, the project explored co-production between choreographers with and without learning disabilities working together to develop a performance piece.

In 2020 when face-to-face sessions had to close due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Anna proved her adaptability by helping the DanceSyndrome team to adjust to a new way of dancing by delivering online sessions as well as supporting the delivery team with admin duties.

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Anna James