Dance group charity step up for national award

The Dance Leaders and their colleagues celebrate at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards night.
The Dance Leaders and their colleagues celebrate at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards night.
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The inspiring work of charity DanceSyndrome was recognised at a national level this week when their Dancer Leader team was announced as the winner of the Sporting Choice Award at the National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards.

Local dancers David Darcy, Becky Rich and Jodie Turner were part of the winning team.

The inclusive arts charity, which hosts regular workshops in Chorley led by David Corr and Donna Harrison, was celebrated at the awards show held at the ICC, Birmingham.

The prizes exist to celebrate excellence in the support for people with learning disabilities and aim to pay tribute to those individuals or organisations who excel in providing quality provision.

DanceSyndrome Managing Director Dawn Vickers said “We are so proud of our Dance Leaders! They are such a hard working, dedicated group of people who have a real passion for dance.

“The fact that many of them have overcome difficulties to achieve their ambitions of becoming Dance Leaders is truly inspiring and we hope that people will see them dancing and be inspired to follow their own dreams, whether that is in dance or other areas.

“The Dance Leaders were thrilled to attend the Awards night which was hosted by Christopher Biggins. The team was absolutely thrilled when they were announced as the winners of their award!”

DanceSyndrome is an inclusive arts charity that aims to inform and empower people through dance. The charity, founded by dancer Jen Blackwell who happens to have Down’s syndrome, provides creative and fun learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their physical health and personal wellbeing. DanceSyndrome’s community workshops take place across Lancashire and are led by Dance Leaders who are all trained through the charity’s own unique training course, Dance By Example, which is designed to give people with and without disabilities the confidence and skills to co-lead community dance workshops.

The Dance Leaders were nominated for the Sporting Choice Award and were interviewed by the judging panel in May.

The award was designed to celebrate a person or team who have worked creatively to develop sporting activities in which people with learning disabilities and/or autism can participate and enjoy.

DanceSyndrome actively promotes the importance of improving physical and personal wellbeing and with their inclusive approach to dance they challenge perceptions and emphasise ability rather than disability.

For more information about DanceSyndrome please contact the team via email at info@dancesyndrome.co.uk.