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11 Million Reasons to Dance
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11 Million Reasons to Dance is a photography exhibition and short film programme that was conceptualised and launched in 2014 through funding from Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England. Since its launch, the exhibition has been touring the UK and overseas, featuring Sean Goldthorpe’s 20 commissioned images of iconic dance moments from film, all reimagined with Deaf, sight impaired and disabled dancers. 

The original work has since inspired a number of developments that have expanded the name, including our 11 Million Reasons to Dance - strategic touring programme. The project worked in partnership with six venues across the Midlands and North of England to deliver a strategic programme of performance, training and engagement, all focused around the current exhibition. The aim of the work was to support diversity programmes and to help organisations embed inclusivity at the heart of what they do.

From London’s Southbank Centre to Tramway, Glasgow, from Helsinki to Hong Kong, this innovative exhibition has been touring the UK and internationally since 2015 taking chutzpah and humour to all those who connect with it, reaching well beyond the dance and arts sector.

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Promotional trailer with audio description

This promotional trailer has an accompanying audio description - it is recommended that individuals first listen to the promotional trailer, followed by the audio description.
The audio description was written, recorded and spoken by Isabel Jones, Artistic Director, Salamanda Tandem.

11 Million Reasons to Dance Network

About the Network and how to get involved 

The 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network is for anyone who currently works, or aims to work, with access and inclusion embedded into their dance practice, ensuring that there are sustained opportunities for disabled people to participate in dance.

The network is made up of organisations, artists and practitioners who have been involved in People Dancing's disability programmes, including the 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition and strategic tour, our ongoing annual networking events, and previous strategic networks including the former Dance for Change.

The network provides annual gatherings in partnership with Para Dance UK and Attenborough Arts Centre, and biannual newsletters which provide a national overview of current issues, support and opportunities.


Join the 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network mailing list here

11 Million Reasons to Dance: Cymru
We are delighted that through funding from Arts Council Wales, People Dancing will be taking the 11 Million Reasons to Dance exhibition and bespoke programme of activity to Wales. Working alongside partners Artis Community, Ballet Cymru, New Dance, Impelo, Dawns i Bawb, Disability Arts Cymru and a range of partners, we will be touring the exhibition and supporting and developing dance practitioners to deliver dance activity with D/deaf, sight impaired and disabled people across communities. The two year programme includes creation of a new Welsh exhibition, and a national networking event in Cardiff in 2021. The aim of the work is to change perceptions and support disabled people to participate in dance.
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Audio descriptions
If you are visually impaired or blind and would like to experience the 11 Million Reasons exhibition in full, please access our audio description files on this page below. There is a file describing each of the 20 images, along with an introduction and conclusion about the project.

Audio descriptions are written, recorded and spoken by Isabel Jones, Artistic Director, Salamanda Tandem. She has over 30 years audio description experience, particularly in performance and the arts sector.

If you are accessing the audio descriptions from a mobile phone you may wish to do so directly through Soundcloud as it's more compatible.

Hire the exhibition

The exhibition is available for hire in the UK and overseas. The exhibition portfolio comes with six short films on dance and disability and audio description files.

The digital version comes in a file that is transfered to the hirer and the films are available to download to all hirers. The standard hire agreement is for up to one month, periods that go beyond that are negotiable. More hirers information can be found in the documents below. 

For all hire enquiries please email with preferred dates for hire to Louise Wildish:

Visit the exhibition

If you would like to experience the exhibition in person it is now at Dance City in Newcastle on permanent display until November 2018:

The creative team
The photographer
Sean Goldthorpe is a Leicester-based photographer having studied a Masters degree at De Montfort University, Sean has worked on a number of high profile commissions, including the world premiere of Aakash Odedra's 'Echoes and I Imagine' at Leicester's Curve; To see more of Sean's work visit
The participants
The participants involved in the photography exhibition were predominately Deaf and disabled people for whom dance is a large part of their life, either professionally or vocationally. We worked with people of all ages, from local schools and youth groups to adults who dance in their local communities, through to some of the leading disabled choreographers and professional dancers in the UK. Please see photography exhibition for list of names.
Set Dresser: Nicky Moorhouse, Producer: Louise Wildish, Hair and Make up: Kristie Matthiae, Photographer’s Assistant: Oscar Henton.
Thanks also to the following people for their help in making 11 Million Reasons to Dance happen:
Nicola Chambers, Louise Katerega, Richard Kimbell and Furniture Barn, Market Harborough, staff at Curve, Richard at Sheehans Music Shop, Estelle at 19Gale, Alaistair Read at Leicester City Council, Jess and Becky at Dance4, staff at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Drew Gardner and Lucinda Marland, Bhavna at the Peepul Centre, staff at The Core at Corby Cube, Para Dance UK, Jo Verrent and staff at Unlimited and everyone at People Dancing.

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Funded by
The 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition is a People Dancing commission, supported by Unlimited Impact, Arts Council England and private contributors through our Sponsume campaign, launched in 2014.

People Dancing gratefully acknowledges the support of everyone who gave generously to our crowd funding campaign to support the development of this exhibition, including: David Leventhal, Chris Stenton, Jane Ralls, Rachel Emmett, Helen Angove, Ken Bartlett, Catherine Middleton, Maria Koripas, Emma Hayes, James Riley @Effect Digital, Sara Houston and Koo Bhangra at The Unloved.

People Dancing is an Unlimited Ally; celebrating the work of disabled artists as part of the Unlimited