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DanceSyndrome: Dream, Believe, Achieve

DanceSyndrome focuses on ability rather than disability and strives to make sure everyone is included. Workshops are led by trained Dance Leaders with disabilities, demonstrating that disability doesn't need to be a barrier to leadership or inclusion. Through dance, participants are encouraged to follow their dreams, believe in themselves and they will achieve happiness!


DanceSyndrome Founder Jen Blackwell started the charity because she was unable to find dance leadership training which was suitable for someone with a learning disability. She firmly believes that having Down's syndrome, or any other disability, should not create barriers that prevent people from living the life that they want to live. DanceSyndrome provides a range of inclusive dance opportunities that allow people to join in and progress as much as they want to, in a way that is meaningful to them.


There are 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 50% of them feel socially isolated and experience chronic loneliness. DanceSyndrome works to change this trend and in the weekly sessions friendships are formed, a range of new life skills are learnt and participants' confidence grows and grows, simply because it is an environment where people feel happy,  empowered and inspired.

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