July 2013

DanceSyndrome (DS), the social enterprise that aims to improve people’s lives across the North West (namely Greater Manchester and Lancashire) has recently attained charitable status (charity number: 1152664).

Founded in 2009 by Jen Blackwell [ who herself has a learning difficulty ], DS provides dance and dance leadership opportunities for people with learning difficulties. The opportunities aim to increase physical health, personal well-being and develop transferable skills that aid employability. DS’s small team of dance leaders with learning disabilities and professionally trained dance artists create and deliver inclusive workshops in local communities, tailored to the needs of individuals with learning difficulties.

Graham Wood, partner at Manchester law firm Kuits Solicitors advised DanceSyndrome through the process of achieving charitable status. Graham said:

In reaching charitable status DanceSyndrome will be able to continue to develop and ultimately create significant social impact in the lives of individuals with learning difficulties.”

On 3rd August DanceSyndrome will be hosting a showcase event to highlight its achievements since 2009 and to allow people to gain an insight into the organisation’s unique approach.

The showcase, which has been supported by Arts Council England, will include Mission 25 a newly commissioned contemporary dance work directed by nationally and internationally renowned Stopgap Dance Company.


For more information contact Liam Bottomley – liambottomley@kuits.com / 0161 832 3434 or

Karen Hobson – Karen@dancesyndrome.co.uk / 07411 082599 

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