Her troop’s vision is simple – to empower learning-disabled people through inclusive dance. Founded in 2009, it’s not an academy exclusively reserved for dancers with Down’s – anyone of any ability can join. But it provides a chance for anyone with a disability to learn and enjoy movement without fear of discrimination or lack of accessibility. All dance activity is led and informed by people with learning disabilities. ‘We believe that everyone has the right to follow their own interests and passions – whether they have a disability or not,’ DanceSyndrome says.
‘We have an equal number of learning-disabled and non-disabled company members, and we provide inclusive dance and leadership opportunities for people who believe disability need not be a barrier to living life to the full.’ It’s Jen’s mission to teach people that ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’. There are weekly and one-off workshops around Lancashire which can cost as little as £3, leadership training schemes and, of course, performances. DanceSyndrome put on showcases at various community events, festivals, universities and schools around the country.
You can find out more about the organisation’s upcoming events here.
It's #WDSD18! #Dancing is a great #community activity! Our dancers go to lots of events to demonstrate that people with disabilities can be amazing #leaders when we focus on #AbilityNotDisability! Today, we'll be sharing the amazing work they do. #InclusionMatters #LotsOfSocks pic.twitter.com/jUidCcSAF6— DanceSyndrome (@DanceSyndrome) 21 Μαρτίου 2018
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