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Given the key principle of community dance - every body can dance with intention and purpose and working on the basis of what people can do rather than what they can't - community dance offers wide ranging opportunities for disabled people to engage with dance: personal and collective expression, advocacy for disabled people in the wider community, artistic skills, active and healthy leisure activities and professional opportunities within dance and the arts.

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11 Million Reasons

A photography exhibition inspired by iconic moments of dance from well-known films, re-imagined by Deaf and disabled people who dance.

People Dancing have created a high quality photographic exhibition entitled 11 Million Reasons, which was conceptualised 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 re-imagine iconic roles from well-known and loved films from a diversity of genres.

Find out more about 11 Million Reasons

Films by People Dancing

People Dancing have commissioned six new films to be completed by the end of 2015. The films aim to be informative, and an inspiration to Deaf and disabled people who dance, and a resource to those people working with, or for Deaf and disabled people. The portfolio of films also aim to raise debate and discussion around some of the issues and challenges that can surround Deaf and disabled people who dance.

Please click here to view all the films commissioned.


Foundation for Community Dance is an Unlimited Ally; celebrating the work of disabled artists as part of the Unlimited programme.