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11 Million Reasons to Dance

  The Wizard of Oz, 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition. 
Commissioned by People Dancing, photography by Sean Goldthorpe

What makes 11 Million Reasons to Dance?

Did you know there are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK?

People Dancing supports and celebrates ALL those who dance, want to dance or engage in dance and that's why we and a family of arts partners across the Midlands and North of England, supported by Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England (under its strategic touring programme), have come together to create  11 Million Reasons to Dance. 

The project was inspired by the campaign’s 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition and short film programme. The exhibition is currently touring the UK and overseas with Sean Goldthorpe’s commissioned images of iconic dance moments from film, all reimagined by Deaf, sight impaired and disabled dancers.

Project partners include Doncaster Community Arts, Tin Arts, ArtsNK, The Brindley/Halton Borough Council and Coventry Performing Arts Service. They are all collaborating with local venues, dance artists, education establishments and cultural agencies to create an exciting programme of dance development and touring to new audiences in six locations: Coventry, Doncaster, Durham, Spalding in Lincolnshire, Middlesbrough and Runcorn, Cheshire. Coventry University will lead on evaluation of the programme.

Follow the 11 Million Reasons to Dance programme on Twitter - @11MillReasons 
So what does 11 Million Reasons to Dance have to offer?
  • The 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition inspired by iconic dance moments from film, reimagined by Deaf, sight impaired and disabled people who dance
  • A People Dancing Deaf, sight impaired and disabled people short film programme
  • An interactive ‘dance booth’ to capture the public’s imagination and experience of the exhibition and give them an opportunity to create their own 11 Million Reasons to Dance image
  • A community engagement/audience development programme, including performances by local participants, as well as performance work by professional Deaf, sight impaired and disabled artists and companies 
  • An Associate Artist’s Residency to help develop venue relationships with Deaf, sight impaired and disabled artists
  • A training and development programme for venues and cultural agencies, based on accessibility and engagement with Deaf, sight impaired and disabled people - as audiences, artists and participants. Presented in partnership with Shape Arts, Unlimited and Stopgap Dance Co.
  • Professional training and resources for leaders delivering participation work, led by Kate Marsh and Welly O’Brien
  • Promotional films, a digital photography exhibition and resources to share information and good practice. 
Coventry University will be leading a robust evaluation report on the programme to help future arts provision that is aimed at, and created by, Deaf, sight impaired and disabled people, thereby supporting the legacy for touring and participation.

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Critics' corner
11 Million Reasons to Dance - The photography exhibition
A group of disabled dancers is taking part in a photography exhibition to prove anyone can dance – and to encourage others to say “yes I can”. The project, called 11 Million Reasons to Dance, was thought up by People Dancing to “positively profile” deaf and disabled people who dance, and “desegregate” them from anyone else who dances.
Huffington Post

Inspiring pictures of disabled dancers re-imagining iconic film moments to show that anyone can dance.
BuzzFeed

Often there are misinformed ideas about disabled people. Projects like this are important to send the message that they are capable of the same passions as an able bodied person.
Metro