Jen Blackwell, DanceSyndrome Founder and Director, was thrilled to be featured in the first national Movers List, which was published by The Independent and Lucozade Sport last week.
The list aims to recognise 50 individuals whose volunteering, charity work or dedication to sport and exercise inspires local communities to move more. The list, compiled by Lucozade Sport and judged by sports experts and stars, highlights the amateur sportspeople who are helping get the UK more active.
Jen founded DanceSyndrome in 2009 because she found it difficult to find opportunities in community dance due to her learning disability. The DanceSyndrome ethos is that disability should never be a barrier to following your dreams. Dancers with and without disabilities work together to inspire people to see what can be achieved when we all become more inclusive.
Jen was thrilled to be included in the Movers List. She said: “I wanted to dance and make my own choreography, but there was not anything out there for someone like me so, with the help of my parents, I started DanceSyndrome. Dancing makes me feel powerful. It comes from my heart and makes me feel like I’m flying. It keeps me healthy and makes my body feel happy.”
The full Movers List can be found on The Independent’s website, Jen features at number 23.
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