Christopher Reid is 24 years old, from East London. He is a keen athlete who hopes to represent Team GB in the next Paralympic games in 400m and 800m running events. Christopher has a learning disability and has had mental health difficulties in the past and he blogs about his experiences to raise awareness and…

Sue & Malcolm’s fundraising sailing challenge DanceSyndrome was founded in 2009 by Jen Blackwell, who happens to have Down’s syndrome, because she found it difficult to find opportunities in community dance due to her disability. Her parents Sue and Malcolm Blackwell wanted their daughter to be able to follow her dreams of a career in…

Millie Kingsnorth is from Biddenden, Kent. At the age of 21 years old, she was able to join DanceSyndrome remotely on a student placement, thanks to online dance opportunities that were offered during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Millie carried out a university placement with DanceSyndrome in early 2021. As a placement student, Millie delivered 6…

This year Father’s Day falls in Learning Disability Week so we wanted to share some words from a father on the theme for this year of “getting creative”. Who better to share their thoughts than Malcolm Blackwell, father of our Founder Jen?   For Father’s Day, Malcolm (pictured with Jen) reflects on this year’s Learning…

DanceSyndrome COVID Update – June 2021:   This update will give you all the information that you need about our continuing online dance sessions and forthcoming indoor sessions. This is quite a long update, if you prefer a visual summary, please click here.   UPDATED 15th JUNE 2021 with revised dates following the government announcement…

We are thrilled to have received a grant of £9,500 to support the work of our Dance Leaders with learning disabilities as the UK follows the roadmap out of lockdown.   Funding from the National Lottery Awards for All will enable us to safely adapt as we return to face-to-face dance sessions in the community…

We all need to keep moving during lockdown, why not fundraise while you do it? Whether it’s through sponsored dancing, walking, running or swimming, we need your help to continue to change the lives of people with learning disabilities through dance.   Throughout the pandemic, DanceSyndrome has worked hard to keep people moving and keep…

DanceSyndrome selected for U.Dance North West online festival   Members of the DanceSyndrome DS Collective performance team were thrilled to be announced as one of the groups selected to be part of the U.Dance North West online festival.   David Corr, Ellie Bamber and Jessica Reid all took part in a video performance of “Blind…

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