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11 Million Reasons was conceptualised by People Dancing in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance. The project developed from our core vision to ‘desegregate’ Deaf and disabled people from anyone else that dances, and to help facilitate a change in perceptions that can surround disabled people dancing. 

With funding from Unlimited Impact, People Dancing commissioned emerging disabled photographer, Sean Goldthorpe to create the 20 high quality images inspired by iconic dance moments in film. In the images, Deaf and disabled people are centre stage, re-imagining iconic roles from well-known and loved films from a diversity of genres.

The stunning, powerful, emotive, and humorous images are diverse with many bringing a subtle but relevant message. The complete portfolio will tour the UK in the next two years and aims to be a resource and inspiration to a number of people, especially Deaf and disabled people participating in dance activity. 

The work will support existing performance, be present at symposiums and festivals, and aims to engage an audience way beyond the dance sector.

The project took place in 12 indoor and outdoor locations with 21 separate shoots and over 160 people involved. The work took three months in total to complete. To see some of the images being created, see our short film 11 Million Reasons - Behind the scenes.


11 Million Reasons is a People Dancing commission, with support from Unlimited Impact, and private contributors through our Sponsume campaign launched in 2014.

People Dancing gratefully acknowledges the support of everyone who gave generously to our crowd funding campaign to support the development of this exhibition, including; David Leventhal, Chris Stenton, Jane Ralls, Rachel Emmett, Helen Angove, Ken Bartlett, Catherine Middleton, Maria Koripas, Emma Hayes, James Riley @Effect Digital, Sara Houston and Koo Bhangra @The Unloved.

The photographer 

Sean Goldthorpe is a Leicester-based emerging photographer. He is currently studying at De Montfort University and has worked on a number of commissions including work for Curve Theatre, Leicester. Through Unlimited Impact funding, we engaged established professional photographer Drew Gardiner for a select period to mentor Sean to develop his skills in photography. For more information on Sean’s work please visit sean-goldthorpe.squarespace.com

See the images

You can now view a small selection of images from the 11 Million Reasons collection. To view the full portfolio of work, please see the Get Involved area below where you can find details of where the work will be exhibited across the UK.


The creative team and dancers 

The participants involved in 11 Million Reasons are predominately Deaf and disabled people for whom dance is a large part of their life, professionally, or vocationally. We worked with people of all ages, from local schools and youth groups, adults who dance in their local communities, through to some of the leading disabled choreographers and professional dancers in the UK.

The diversity of the people involved captured the spirit of 11 Million Reasons, and supports our aims in helping to change perceptions that can surround Deaf and disabled people who dance. Each one of the participants helped 11 Million Reasons achieve outstanding results.

A full list of the people involved in 11 Million Reasons is below:

Photographer – Sean Goldthorpe
Set Dresser – Nicky Moorhouse
Producer - Louise Wildish
Hair and Make up – Kristie Matthiae
Photographers Assistant – Oscar Henton

Tom St Louis, Kate Marsh, Simon Coopey, Charlotte Tomlinson, Meena Visana, Elle Molyneux, Mitchell Varney, Megan Smith, Rosie Acton, Joey Asuncion, Laura Hayes, Felicia Bryyant, Sahib Jagdev, Abbie Bogle Smith, Jazmine Bolton, Simon Keast, Cale Wood, Mickel Smithen, Welly O’Brien, Beth Gardiner, Judy Gardiner, Chris Fonseca , Jakob Riley–Moore, Luke McGuire, Gil McGuire, Louise Dickson, Denny Haywood, Mickael Marso Riviere. Samantha Gibson, Daniel Southwell, Toni Louise Dolan, Sara Equibal, Joshua O’Meara, Sophia Michiko, Kimberley Harvey, Sheagh Broomhall, Veronica Broomhall, Laura Dajao, Sian Green, Linda Wilson, Emily Boyne, Ruth Boyne, Stephen Boyne, Chloe Corkett, Tom Williams, Jacob Brown, Laura Jones, Adrian Costa, Robyn Davey, Harley French, Katy Molineux, Celes Cotey, Keenan Stewart, Ronan Godber, Nicholas Keynes, Daisy Dent, Shelley Limer, Sarah Ashirani, Natasha Morton, Lucy Willett, Abbie Taylor, George Churm, Connor Coates, Daisha Brown. David Stewart, Sali Gresham, Emily Thurston, Lily Boyle, Phil Cass, Sophie Morgan, Marcus Clarke, Lindsey Sharpe, Peter Bateman, Giovanna Ventrella.

Thanks to the following people for their help in making 11 Million Reasons happen:

Nicola Chambers, Louise Katerega, Richard Kimbell and Furniture Barn, Market Harborough, The staff at Curve, Leicester, Richard at Sheehans Music Shop, Leicester, Estelle at 19Gale, Leicester, Alaistair Read at Leicester City Council, Jess and Becky at Dance4, The staff at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery - Leicester, Drew Gardner and Lucinda Marland, Bhavna at the People Centre, The staff at the Core at Corby Cube, The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association, Jo Verrent and staff at Unlimited and everyone at People Dancing.

Tour Dates

11 Million Reasons will be touring the UK to a number of organisations and festivals in 2015 and beyond. Come and view the work! Please see People Dancing's Dance, Deaf and Disabled People E-newsletters for regular updates on getting involved with 11 Million Reasons throughout the year, to subscribe please visit Subscribe to updates

Below are confirmed dates for 11 Million Reasons, which will be regularly updated.

11 Million Reasons Tour

8 – 29 May 2015

Curve Theatre

8 July 2015
Choice Unlimited Event
University of East London

10 July 2015  
The Point,
Eastleigh, Stopgap Symposium  - Shaping a Diverse Future

21 July 2015
Choice Unlimited Event
Boots Medicity

25 July 2015


1 - 30 September 2015

Bounce Festival
Arts and Disability Forum
Ground Floor
Cathedral Quarter Workspaces
109 - 113 Royal Avenue

22 September 2015
Choice Unlimited Event
Stockport Town Hall

29 October 2015
Choice Unlimited Event
Worcester Town Hall

1 - 11 February 2016
Curve Theatre
60 Rutland Street

1 April - 29 April 2016
Strike A Light Festival
Gloucester  www.strikealight.org.uk

9 May - 20 June
Festival 10



21 - 22 July 2016
Lincoln Drill Hall


25 - 30 July
People Dancing Summer School

De Montford University

7 - 10 September
Gathered Together Festival


Hire the exhibition

If you or your organisation, school, or venue would like to enquire about booking 11 Million Reasons to be part of an event please email louise@communitydance.org.uk for more information and a specification sheet.


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