20th June 2013

Press Release

For immediate release – Photographs and images available on request

Inclusive Community Dance Company dance their way into the hearts of new Patrons

  • Photo opportunity: Monday 24th June (2pm -3pm)
    15 Christie Way, Christie Fields, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7QY, 07411 082 599

Following DanceSyndrome’s involvement in a performance with Miranda Hart on ‘The One Show’ as part of Red Nose Day 2013, DanceSyndrome is delighted to announce its new National and Regional patrons, Lucy Siegle British journalist, writer and TV presenter, Sian Lockwood OBE, Chief Executive of Community Catalysts and Terry Snowden MBE Founder & Principal of The Heroes Project and LDOK.net Radio.

Lucy has kindly agreed to take on the Patronage of DanceSyndrome. Sian and Terry have been keen supporters of DanceSyndrome for some time, whilst undertaking extensive and commendable work within the arena of learning disability.

They will be joining DanceSyndrome’s first patron Zimbabwean born, Latin dancer, Andrew Cuerden who is famously known for partnering Jayne Jacobs in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing and has been the patron of DanceSyndrome since 2011.

Dr David Lee, Chairman of DanceSyndrome comments;

 “We are so pleased to have Lucy, Sian and Terry join Andrew Cuerden as patrons for DanceSyndrome as the Company moves into its next phase of development. These eminent individuals provide a perfect mix of complementary skills and experience relevant to our cause and we are all very excited at the prospect of working with them.”

DanceSyndrome who have been supported by Awards For All, Arts Council England and Comic Relief alongside other funders and individual donors, have developed so much from their small beginnings. In less than 3 years, with the initial idea of their founder Jen Blackwell to use dance to tackle social isolation; the company have touched the lives of over 750 people directly and hundreds more indirectly. They are embraced as a model of good practice and have enjoyed national publicity.

On Monday 24th June 2013 the dance company will be formally meeting their new patrons and sharing the developments and successes achieved over the last few months particularly with work developed via the support of Arts Council England.



Notes for editors

DanceSyndrome (DS) is a social enterprise (currently pursuing charitable status) that aims to improve and empower people’s lives through the vehicle of dance across the North West, namely Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

DanceSyndrome provides dance and dance leadership opportunities for people with learning disabilities, enabling individuals to be more active and visible citizens. Offering creative, cultural and social opportunities that increase physical health and personal well-being, DanceSyndrome are driven by the model of co-production which recognises people as assets to develop creative partnerships between disabled and non-disabled individuals in the context of dance and community work.

DanceSyndrome is at a stage of development where they are endeavouring to strengthen their infrastructure and capacity to deliver work that is really needed by the learning disabled community. Their fundamental aims over the coming months are to develop the artistic and creative strength of the company and to secure sustainable funding in order that the organisation can grow to create significant social impact in the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and local communities.

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For further information please contact:

Karen Hobson

Managing Director


07446 634231


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