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The exhibition images
Back in 2014, People Dancing came up with a concept to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance. It was hoped it would help bring about a step change in the way people – whether they’re disabled or non-disabled – see them.

With funding from Unlimited Impact, photographer Sean Goldthorpe was commissioned to create 20 high quality images inspired by iconic dance moments from film. In these stylish and challenging images, Deaf and disabled people are centre stage as they re-imagine memorable dance scenes from a broad range of well-known films.

The unique exhibition is available for hire for organisations and venues to support their diversity programmes or festivals. The exhibition consists of 20 images, audio description files, and six short films made by People Dancing and partners. There is also a digital version of the work. For more information contact louise@communitydance.org.uk

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. 
Black Swan, photogaphed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons exhibition

Black Swan

Sian Green takes centre stage in this image inspired by the film Black Swan.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Dirty Dancing, photography by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons

Dirty Dancing

Professional dancers Welly O’Brien and Mickael Marso Riviere create an adaptation of the famous lift from the film Dirty Dancing.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Flash Dance, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Flash Dance

Professional dancer Louise Dickson recreates the iconic dance audition moment from the 1980s hit film Flashdance.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Saturday Night Fever, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Saturday Night Fever

Jacob Brown recreates John Travolta’s dance floor scene from the iconic 1970s film Saturday Night Fever.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Chicago, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Chicago

Kimberley Harvey, Louise Dickson, Beth Gardiner, Laura Dajao and Sian Green recreate the sassy Cell Block Tango for this Chicago inspired image.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Billy Elliot, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Billy Elliot

An emotional scene in the film Billy Elliot, as Billy tells his father he wants to dance. Recreated here by father and son Gil and Jake Maguire.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Red Shoes, photograhed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons Exhibition

The Red Shoes

Welly O’Brien as Vicky Page, longing to be a ballerina in the beautiful film The Red Shoes, with Leicester college student Chloe Corkett.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Step Up 2, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons

Step Up 4

Inspired by a scene from the popular youth film, Step Up 4, professional dancer and bboy Denny Haywood battles with ‘The Mob’: Toni Louise Dolan, Sara Equibal, Sophia Hayashida, Daniel Southwell, Josh O'Meara and Samantha Gibson, students from Leicester College.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Sound of Music, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

The Sound of Music

Laura Jones recreates the iconic opening scene from the film The Sound of Music.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Step Up 4, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Step Up 2

A romantic duet from the film Step Up 2, dancers Beth Gardiner and Mickel Smithen recreate stunning choreography in this image.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Grease Lightening, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Grease

Denny Haywood takes on the role of Danny from the iconic film Grease with T girl support from Samantha Gibson.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Blues Brothers, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

The Blues Brothers

Chris Fonseca and Jacob Riley–Moore bring swagger and confidence in this scene inspired by the film The Blues Brothers. Supported in the image by BSL interpreter Stacey Green signing the word communication.
Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Hairspray, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Hairspray

Students Adrian Costa, Robyn Davey, Harley French, Katy Molineux, Celes Cotey, Keenan Stewart, Ronan Godber, Nicholas Keynes, Daisy Dent, Shelley Limer, Sarah Ashirani, Natasha Morton, Lucy Willett, Abbie Taylor, George Churm, Connor Coates, Luke McGuire, Beth Gardiner, and Daisha Brown recreate a dance floor jive from the hit film Hairspray.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

High School Musical, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

High School Musical

Pupils Meena Visana, Elle Molyneux, Mitchell Varney, Megan Smith, Rosie Acton, Joey Asuncion, Laura Hayes, Felicia Bryant, Sahib Jagdev, Abbie Bogle Smith, Jazmine Bolton, Simon Keast, and Cale Wood from Ellesmere College, Leicester encompass the energy of the High School Musical film phenomenon.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe


The Full Monty

Sheagh Broomhall, Tom Williams, Jacob Brown and Denny Haywood recreate a version of the stage performance by the men in the film The Full Monty.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Pulp Fiction

Kate Marsh and Tom St Louis create an adaptation of The Twist from the 1990s cult movie Pulp Fiction.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Strictly, photographed by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Strictly Ballroom

Ballroom dancers Stephen Boyne and Linda Wilson create an adaptation from the film Strictly Ballroom.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

The Wizard of Oz

Professional dancer, Laura Jones follows the yellow brick road, from the classic film The Wizard of Oz.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe
Moonwalker, photograph by Sean Goldthorpe, 11 Million Reasons to Dance

Smooth Criminal

Dancer, Sheagh Broomhall inspired by Michael Jackson and the film Smooth Criminal.
Photographer Sean Goldthorpe

Singin' in the Rain

This uplifting image is a take on the classic pavement scene in the film Singin' in the Rain, with dancer Mickel Smithen as the one and only Gene Kelly.

Photographer Sean Goldthorpe