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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 
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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: louise@comunitydance.org.uk

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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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 project has a main aim of working alongside the organisations and venues to support the embedding of inclusion and accessibility in their work. The strategic tour provides identified areas with an engagement programme, the 11 Million Reasons Exhibition and films, Training and development, and live performance.