X:Ten at The Lowry

X:Ten at The LowryX:Ten Special Thanks – Sponsors

On 14th February 2023, DanceSyndrome will celebrate 10 years since becoming a registered charity. Being Valentines Day, the date was chosen to represent the love of dance & the amazing human connections created through the shared passion for dance. We are marking the occasion with a special performance event at The Lowry in Manchester. X:Ten will bring to life our work over the last 10 years as well as looking forward to the next 10 years. Ten different pieces of choreography from the last ten years will be performed by our team of dancers with and without learning disabilities.

DanceSyndrome is an award-winning, inclusive charity which unlocks the potential of people with learning disabilities. We empower individuals to become leaders and visible role models, challenging common perceptions and breaking down barriers in society.

X: Ten will showcase the incredible talents of our company of dancers – with and without learning disabilities – who work so hard to demonstrate the art of the possible for people with learning disabilities.

We would also like to thank the following sponsors. Without the support of these organisations, this celebratory event could not have happened.

Community Foundation Lancashire is an independent charity which promotes giving for local need, improving the lives of people across the region. They help individuals, families, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies to connect, support and invest in communities across Lancashire, so that support is directed to where it makes a real impact.

Please visit their website for more information about what they do: https://lancsfoundation.org.uk/

Dancewear Central is the leading dancewear specialist throughout the UK. They believe that everyone should be able to enjoy dance, so their dance clothes are all available at affordable prices, so you can find something that suits you, whatever your budget. They have kindly donated dance shoes for our dancers to wear during the performance.

Please visit their website to see their full range of dancewear: https://www.dancewearcentral.co.uk/

Empower Housing Association specialise in providing housing for adults with disabilities enabling them to live within their community independently. Our Founder Jen Blackwell has been supported by them for many years and this has led to a wonderful, supportive partnership between our two organisations.

Find out more about our partnership at: http://www.empowerhousing.org.uk/jens-story-2/

NHS North West Genomic Medicine Service Alliance are committed to working towards greater equality in genomic healthcare in the communities that they serve. We have collaborated with them several times in the last 10 years & are grateful for their continued support.

Find out more about their work here: http://www.nw-gmsa.nhs.uk

Places for People are a National Social Housing provider supporting communities is at the heart of what they do. Through their work at Plungington Community Centre, Place for People became aware of DanceSyndrome’s work and were inspired by how much everyone involved loved participating. They are proud to support X:Ten.

Find out more about what they do on their website: https://www.placesforpeople.co.uk/

We are very grateful for the support of these organisations and all the individuals who have supported us to make this event and our 10 years as a charity such a huge success.

We are the only dance organisation in the UK that exclusively use a model of co-delivery by a team of two dancers, one who has a learning disability and one who doesn’t. Our Dance Leaders all complete our own unique inclusive dance leadership training programme. As ‘experts by experience’ our Dance Leaders understand how to design and deliver truly inclusive activities and are role models who demonstrate that ‘people like us’ can be leaders.

There is significant demand for our services and we are creative with our offering, achieving a lot on a small budget. As a small charity our only real limitation is financial, so we are incredibly grateful for this generous support.

If you are inspired to donate or fundraise to support us over the next 10 years, you can donate directly below or find out more on the fundraising page of our website. Thanks for your support.

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