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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 by Deaf, sight impaired and disabled dancers. 

Sean Goldthorpe’s stylishly composed, challenging and fun images have captured the interest of people across the globe, challenging perceptions of how creative work by Deaf and disabled people is presented, supported and appreciated. 

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 works 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. 

This website will be updated with news on all aspects of the 11 Million Reasons to Dance initiatives and developments including details of the UK and International tours, but you can also follow its progress on our social media channels: 

Twitter - @PeopleDancingUK and @11MillReasons #11MillionReasons
Facebook - @communitydance 

Step up 2 reimagined: commissioned by People Dancing, photography Sean Goldthorpe

Photography Exhibition

People Dancing, with support from Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England, created the 11 Million Reasons to Dance photography exhibition in 2014. Its vision was to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance.

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If you would like to hire the exhibition please email Louise Wildish, Producer, Dance, Deaf & Disabled People:

Strategic Touring Project

The 11 Million Reasons to Dance strategic touring programme is taking an integrated offer of performance, participation, development and training opportunities to six locations across the Midlands and North of England, all aimed at engaging Deaf and disabled people in areas of low engagement with the arts.

The Images

20 powerful, emotive, and humorous images - many with a subtle but relevant message - Deaf and disabled people are centre stage, re-imagining iconic roles from well-known and loved films from a diversity of genres. 

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Behind the scenes

The making of 11 Million Reasons took only 3 months to create. Once funding was secured, photographer Sean Goldthorpe was commissioned and planning took place with the producer. Various locations were used both indoor and outdoor, and with over 100 people involved in the shoots, and over 60 disabled dancers taking part. The shoots happened in December and January and images were selected in a few days. The final images were launched at a thank you event for participants in May 2014 at Curve in Leicester. To meet some of the team behind the making - take a look behind the scenes, play our short film.

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People Dancing works with a number of international organisations, partners and contributors through a range of opportunities including our international conferences.

The 11 Million Reasons to Dance exhibition has been touring outside of the UK for a number of years and has been to many countries including; Spain, Croatia, Finland, Germany and Hong Kong. Some of our international partners and hirers prefer to exhibit our quality digital version of the exhibition to avoid courier costs, whilst others prefer the physical version. All our hirers internationally pay the same fee as UK hirers, and have access to the many resources that accompany the work including access to our short film programme.

To develop our international partnerships People Dancing has a number of offers for international hirers including workshops and training, artists residencies and mentoring programmes. For more information see the document attached, or email Louise at People Dancing.

If you outside of the UK and are interested in any of the opportunities or in hiring 11 Million Reasons to Dance and would like to discuss standard or bespoke offer please contact Louise Wildish - Producer on 

Training and Development
Here you will find a number of resources and opportunities to develop learning and approaches to working more inclusively in dance.

In this section there are a number of images of people involved, engaged, or experienced in the numerous training, development, workshops, performances and exhibits throughout the life of the 11 Million Reasons to Dance programme. 

Please find links to press articles.

For press enquiries please contact Jeremy Waterfield - Marketing and Communications Manager 

For enquiries about dancers involved in the project, or the photographers contact details, please contact Louise Wildish - Producer