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11MRTD Network Event
25 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
Presented by People Dancing with Attenborough Arts Centre and Para Dance UK this was the first 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network Event for organisations, practitioners and programmers committed to inclusion and engaging better with Deaf and disabled audiences, participants and artists.

25th January 2019 at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester. 10.45am - 4.30pm 

This event, envisaged as an annual gathering, provided an insight into current national issues as well as learning from case studies of existing good practice in working inclusively in dance. There were keynote sharers (see below) and there were also feature performance pitches from artists: Becki ParkerCorali Dance CompanyLaura DajaoSima GonsaiLisa Simpson and Hubble Bubble Productions and opportunities to connect with artists, practitioners and peers.


Martin Wilson - Executive Director from TIN Arts talks about the Talent Development Initiative. How can we undo ‘habits’ and change our perceptions of how things should be done?












Independent artist Dan Daw shares learning from his role as artist and Agent for Change at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Photo credit: Dan Daw by Graham Adey.











Creative Director, Cheshire Dance, Jane McLean (left/top) and Independent Dance Artist and Lecturer in Higher Education, Ruth Spencer (right/bottom) on sharing of dance practice research with adults with complex disabilities.











Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher and Performer Laura Dajao discusses the access needs and processes of a disabled artist.

Photo credit: Laura Dajao by Mike Sewell, Leicester Mercury.











PhD Researcher at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University, Kathryn Stamp on approaches to accessible evaluation.

Photo credit: Kathryn Stamp by Becci Elliott.