Working with Schools

Young people dancing in a school sports centreThe DanceSyndrome team love to visit schools and we are an Artsmark Partner for those schools working towards Artsmark accreditation.

DanceSyndrome is an inclusive dance charity that aims to use dance to demonstrate the value of inclusion to individuals of all ages and abilities. We help participants to develop vital life skills like increased confidence, independence  and resilience, and empower them with the skills needed to be successful leaders.

All our dance activity is co-produced by people with learning disabilities. We use a model of co-delivery which empowers Dance Leaders with a learning disability to lead dance sessions with a qualified Dance Artist to support them. This unique style of delivery promotes inclusion in every aspect of life and challenges perceptions of disability.   

We love to bring this authentic message into schools and to share our inclusive approach with staff and young people of all ages and abilities!


What we offer

We can customise our delivery to meet your school’s specific needs, but here are some ideas to give a taste of what we can offer:

  • Inspiring assemblies which share important messages about Equality and Diversity, community and philanthropy. 
  • Curricular and extra curricular dance workshops which encourage positive health and wellbeing,  teach transferable life skills, demonstrate how we can use dance to communicate our ideas and feelings and also get young people to think about how they can actively work towards inclusion.
  • Dance By Example is a unique dance leadership training programme which we deliver to people with and without learning disabilities to enable them to gain a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification. This can be adapted to be delivered to Key Stage 4 students.
  • Continuous Professional Development for staff – DanceSyndrome’s unique Inclusion in Action training will enable your staff to think in a more inclusive way about all aspects of school life – not just dance!

We understand that budget can be a barrier for many schools and we will work with you to make sure that you get good value for money. We discuss possible fundraising activities that could help you to raise money to cover the cost of our activities. We can also look at the potential to deliver to clusters of schools to help you to share costs.

DanceSyndrome is proud to be helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

To find out how DanceSyndrome can work with your school, contact us via email at

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