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Given the key principle of community dance - every body can dance with intention and purpose and working on the basis of what people can do rather than what they can't - community dance offers wide ranging opportunities for disabled people to engage with dance: personal and collective expression, advocacy for disabled people in the wider community, artistic skills, active and healthy leisure activities and professional opportunities within dance and the arts.

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11 Million Reasons Exhibition

           Reimagined Flashdance image commissioned by People Dancing from 11 Million Reasons photograph by Sean Goldthorpe

People Dancing have created a high quality photographic exhibition entitled 11 Million Reasons, which was conceptualised in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance. The project developed from our core vision to ‘desegregate’ Deaf and disabled people from anyone else that dances, and to help facilitate a change in perceptions that can surround disabled people dancing.

With funding from Unlimited Impact, People Dancing commissioned emerging disabled photographer, Sean Goldthorpe to create the 20 high quality images inspired by iconic dance moments in film. In the images, Deaf and disabled people re-imagine iconic roles from well-known and loved films from a diversity of genres.

Find out more about 11 Million Reasons

Films by People Dancing

In 2013 People Dancing and the Community Film Unit created the short film Physically Being Me which looks at six Deaf and disabled peoples journeys through dance. The film was shown on Sky TV community channel for two years, and has also been shown at a number of seminars and conferences across the world. The film was made to create a change around some of the perceptions that can exist around Deaf and disabled people who dance.

In 2015 People Dancing commissioned six short films, some in partnership with other organisations. The films aim to be informative, and an inspiration to Deaf and disabled people who dance, and a resource to those people working with, or for Deaf and disabled people in dance. The portfolio of films also aim to raise debate and discussion around some of the issues and challenges that can surround Deaf and disabled people who dance.

Please click here to view all the films commissioned.


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