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Focus on: disability, Dancing Differently?
Building on the last issue of Animated this issue focuses on disability dance. It celebrates the achievements of disabled and non-disabled artists, animateurs and teachers over the past twenty or more years. More importantly, using the keynote speeches from the Dancing Differently? conference held in February 2002, it pulls together the threads of the current debates in the field, together with the aspirations and ambitions of disabled people as dancers, dance artists, managers and leaders in the future.

There are very tangible achievements to celebrate, with 22 disability focussed/led dance companies and 23 per cent of all community focussed dance initiatives concerned to engage disabled people in many roles within dance in England alone. However, to paraphrase Raymond Williams, 'if we take seriously the idea of making dance, as practice and as works more accessible to more people, we have to accept and indeed welcome the fact that as part of... Read more
In this issue
From the editor
Ken Bartlett, Director, Foundation for Community Dance
Giving value?
Diane Amans on training and mentoring dancers, managing projects and researching evaluation methodology. Here she asks some key questions about evaluating community dance
The focus: disability
Where have we been... Where are we now?
Independent consultant Sarah Scott looks back to the future of the history and politics of disability arts
Who would have believed it?
Independent artist Ju Gosling discovers the dancer she was and is and reflects on her journey back to being a dance artist and developing an aesthetic that serves her purpose and difference
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
The Disability Discrimination Act was passed in 1995 to help end discrimination faced by disabled people
The Living Room
Deb Ashby and Sian Warusynski of Dance Initiative Greater Manchester (DiGM) reveal three years' grassroots activity involving disabled people dancing
Finding the right place and the right opportunity
Even if you happen to have learning disabilities? Daughter and Mother Jenny and Sue Blackwell recount their experiences, frustrations and aspirations
Interview with Anjali
Anjali Dance Company is a professional dance company. All of Anjali's dancers have a learning disability. Here Nicole Thomson interviews Mark Barber, a dancer with the company
Building an aesthetic
Choreographer Claire Russ, through her work with Anjali Dance Company, talks about the process of defining their aesthetic
Back to the future
CandoCo Dance Company celebrated its tenth birthday in 2001. Celeste Dandeker, Artistic Director, outlines the Company's history, ways of working and hopes for the future
An evolution in practice
Integrated practice: History, background and the future by Adam Benjamin
A view from the arts funding system
Sian Williams, disability arts development officer for London Arts, reviews the ways in which the arts funding system is attempting to change the landscape for disabled people and artists
A personal view
From an aspiring vet, to working at the Post Office for nine years, independent dancer and actor David Toole talks candidly about his extraordinary journey into dance and performance
Ready to fly
Lauren Scholey, Assistant Dance Officer, Arts Council England, considers a strategy for the future and her resonsibility for Dance and Disability
Dancing Differently?
Moving forward?
Dancing Differently? revealed a breadth, richness and maturity of debate and promoted many fruitful discussions. Susanne Burns and Sue Akroyd attempted to distil some of the themes
The quality question!
Here, Sian Prime considers what perceptions we bring to the issue of quality when viewing and engaging with dance by people with disabilities
Dancing Differently? or just dancing?
The main reason for the Dancing Differently? conference was to bring Disabled and non-disabled dance artists together to share current practice. Ruth Gould, reflects
Future action
Moving the work forward - the final session of the Dancing Differently? conference
Dancing Differently?
Independence, inclusion and diversity by Ken Bartlett