DanceSyndrome was founded in 2009 by its Creative Director, Jen Blackwell, who realised that her disability was preventing her from following her dream of being a dancer and dance leader.DanceSyndrome believes that everyone has the right to follow their own interests and passions – regardless of whether they have a disability or not. They provide inclusive dance and leadership opportunities for people who believe disability is not a barrier to living life to the full.
DanceSyndrome has an equal number of disabled and non-disabled company members, and has three main aims for its dancers: To develop leadership skills in order to deliver high quality inclusive dance workshops;
To create and present new dance performances;
To access, attend and participate in mainstream dance training and professional development opportunities.
The Story So Far………………….an unbelievable experience
As told by Jen, Director and inspiration of DanceSyndrome
Wow! Where am I right now in my life? I have set up my own Dance
Company, DanceSyndrome. I am very honoured to be the Director of it and it makes me feel on top of the world to have found my pool of 14 Dancers.
My life has turned around and I am doing more dance than ever before. It is absolutely magical to be in this position and I could not have done it without the support of many other people. Over this coming year my company is planning to do more performances, showcases and workshop opportunities. I am desperately wanting to make new dance routines so that I can lead it with my other dancers in my company. I am getting more dance opportunities now in Trafford Oldham and Chorley. My passion is to travel around the world and to take dance to different places and in different countries and dancing makes me feel like that I am flying in the sky and it feels magical to be up there.
Jen, Director of DanceSyndrome.
Jen happens to have Down’s Syndrome but that doesn’t stop her being passionate about dance. She has searched for training opportunities since leaving school but they just aren’t there when you have learning disabilities. Jen wants to be out and about experiencing life through dance with all its benefits – coordination, strength, training, communicating, exercise, health – both physical and mental, meeting people, leading, defying expectations, and having fun – the list is endless!
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