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Reflectors: Experiences of co-mentoring within disability
The personal stories of disabled and non-disabled dance practitioners working together in a shared learning experience

Potential is the Foundation for Community Dance’s programme dedicated to dance and disabled people, and was formally established in 2002. Potential aims to increase awareness of and access to high quality professional development opportunities, co-ordinate networking, develop on-line information resources, and above all else to make a positive contribution to the perceptions and profile of disabled people dancing.

The origins of Potential, and the co-mentoring project in particular, can be traced back to 1999 and a research project undertaken for the Foundation for Community Dance by consultant, researcher and journalist Annie Delin. The research report, Do Dancing, reviewed opportunities for disabled people to dance in the East and West Midlands, as a participatory arts experience, for recreation and as a career choice.

This report highlighted the value of peer-learning opportunities and ‘exchange’, in supporting both disabled and non-disabled dancers with artistic and creative development, exchange of expertise, and knowledge and understanding of context. To this end, the Foundation for Community Dance developed a co-mentoring programme for ten disabled and non-disabled dance practitioners, and promoted this as a professional development initiative of Potential.

We are pleased to publish Reflectors, a collection of reflections by participants in this co-mentoring programme. Our intention here is to reveal process, outcome and impact through the voices of the participants themselves.

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