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Welcome to the latest DanceSyndrome newsletter

In this newsletter we want to share an update about our COVID-19 situation, as well as the many different ways that you can #CarryOnDancing and join in with DanceSyndrome sessions from home, if you haven’t been already. We also have an exciting opportunity if you are a Dance Artist, we have adapted our Inclusive Approaches training to be delivered via Zoom. 

We have some good news about some wonderful recognition for our Founder Jen Blackwell and some further funding for our work during the pandemic. If you would like to support our work too, we have a DVD of our Express Showcase which would make a great Christmas gift for your friends and family!

COVID-19 Update

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support DanceSyndrome over these past months during lockdown, it’s amazing to see you
dancing online!
We now have an extensive list of online sessions available and have added Inclusive Approaches training for professional Dance Artists too! We have successfully tested outdoor dance and this is now happening every Wednesday in Preston. We have funding to offer this in other areas too. If you know of a group who may be interested please email dance@dancesyndrome.co.uk.We are also working toward opening our indoor sessions again too. Both Preston and Clitheroe workshops are getting ready to re-open in November. If you usually attend those sessions and haven’t heard from us yet, please email info@dancesyndrome.co.uk If you attend our other sessions, we are looking at how to bring those sessions back as soon as possible and will be in touch with you as soon as we can. As the Government continues to change lockdown rules, we are having to adapt to changes as they happen, so sessions are subject to change at short notice. We really appreciate how patient everyone has been and that so many people are so eager to return to dancing!
Stay safe and we hope to see you in a session soon!

DanceSyndrome are offering live Zoom sessions

 DanceSyndrome #CarryOnDancing Online!


At the moment we are offering the following online sessions each week. We really believe we have something for everybody!

Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 10am – Zoom Wake N Dance – A FREE wake up dance session to get you moving in a morning! Sign up here!

Monday 11am – Zoom Contemporary Dance – Block of 6 starts 2nd November so sign up now!

Monday 1pm – Zoom Street Dance  – Block of 6 starts 2nd November so sign up now!

Tuesday 2pm – Zoom Everybody Dance Please visit the Events page of our website and pick the date that you want to take part.

Tuesday 7pm – Funk Out on Zoom – Shake off the day with this FREE funky wind down dance session. Sign up here.

Thursday 10am – Free Everybody Dance (YouTube & Facebook)

Thursday 7pm – Zoom Rave with Dave & Bex – Spend 6 weeks learning a flashmob style routine then perform in front of a live Zoom audience! Sign up before 5th November.

Saturday 10:45am – Free infants Zoom dance session (for children only) – join here

If you would like to join in with the Zoom sessions, we would love to see some new faces. These sessions are open to everyone, you don’t need any previous experience but experienced dancers are welcome too! Our sessions are fully inclusive and can be adapted to meet your own needs.

Inclusive Approaches

Exciting opportunity for Dance Artists – Inclusive Approaches

Inclusive Approaches is a one day professional development training course for Dance Artists and Dance Teachers that will give you all the tools you need to deliver your own inclusive dance sessions in the same way that DanceSyndrome does.

The course will take place on Tuesday 17th November between 9am and 3:30pm at a cost of £90 for the full day.

If you would like more information, including a break down of what happens on the day, please visit:

Jen Blackwell Power 100

Congratulations to Jen Blackwell – Power List 100 & EVA Star

DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell was thrilled to discover she had been included on the Shaw Trust Power List 100 for the third year!

The Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. The list is compiled by an independent judging panel.

Jen said: “Oh wow. I can’t believe I’ve won again for the third year. This is amazing! Thank you Shaw Trust and everyone for believing in me, for valuing me for the person I am. It means the world to me. I owe my life to my fellow dance leaders. I am giving them their lives in dance, and they are giving me mine. I didn’t have a life in dance before, and now I do. My dream is coming true.”

Jen was also recognised in September by Pink Link Ladies, who chose Jen as one of their EVA Stars in celebration of 10 years of the EVA awards. You can read more about both of these stories on the News page of our website.


Funding news

Since our last newsletter we are grateful to have been supported with funding from a number of organisations.


Onward logo
DanceSyndrome are thrilled to have received a donation of £2,645 from Onward to support the work of Dance Leaders with learning disabilities in Clitheroe.


National Lotter and Sports England
Funding totalling £9,928 from the Tackling Inequalities Fund (National Lottery funding from Sport England) will enable us to offer outdoor dance sessions to bridge the gap between online and indoor sessions for those who may not be ready to come back to indoor dance sessions just yet.
Comic Relief

DanceSyndrome has been awarded a £4,000 grant from the Comic Relief Community Fund (England). The funding will enable us to respond to the current situation by offering a range of indoor, outdoor and online dance workshops for people in the Preston area.
Thank you to all these organisations who have helped us to get through this difficult time and help you all to #CarryOnDancing!

DanceSyndrome Express DVDs

Express: A Showcase of Inclusive Dance

 On Sunday 1st March DanceSyndrome hosted our first ever inclusive dance showcase and it was an incredible event! The feedback from the audience was amazing and we are so proud of everyone involved!

We are thrilled that the event was documented by our friends at Accrington Movie Makers and they have created a DVD for us to sell to anyone who wants to relive that wonderful day. They will make brilliant Christmas presents for relatives and friends who are missing seeing live dance performances! 

Please visit this link to order your copy.    


Upcoming Events

Check out our website and social for future events we hope to be able to get out and share our dancing with the world again very soon. 

Don’t forget that you can join in with our live Zoom sessions! Please visit the events page of our website for details of the next sessions.




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