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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

Next event: Friday 25 January 2019

At Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester. 10.45am - 4.30pm

FREE event - lunch provided

Presented by People Dancing with Attenborough Arts Centre and Para Dance UK The 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network is for organisations, practitioners and programmers committed to inclusion and engaging better with Deaf and disabled audiences, participants and artists.

This event, envisaged as an annual gathering, provides an insight into current national issues as well as learning from case studies of existing good practice in working inclusively in dance. There will be keynote sharers (see below) and there will also feature performance pitches from artists: Becki Parker, Corali Dance Company, Laura Dajao, Sima Gonsai, Lisa Simpson and Hubble Bubble Productions and opportunities to connect with artists, practitioners and peers.

Keynote sharers

Martin Wilson - Executive Director from TIN Arts talks about the Talent Development Initiative. How can we undo ‘habits’ and change our perceptions of how things should be done?


Independent artist Dan Daw shares learning from his role as artist and Agent for Change at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Photo credit: Dan Daw by Graham Adey.

Creative Director, Cheshire Dance, Jane McLean (left/top) and Independent Dance Artist and Lecturer in Higher Education, Ruth Spencer (right/bottom) on sharing of dance practice research with adults with complex disabilities.

Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher and Performer Laura Dajao discusses the access needs and processes of a disabled artist.

Photo credit: Laura Dajao by Mike Sewell, Leicester Mercury.

PhD Researcher at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University, Kathryn Stamp on approaches to accessible evaluation.

Photo credit: Kathryn Stamp by Becci Elliott.


If you would like to attend please fill in the booking form (link below). Once you are booked on further information will be sent to you prior to the event.

This event is free and lunch is provided - if you have any access or dietary needs then please let us know via the booking form.


Booking form

If you need an alternative way to book onto the Network day or you need any information in alternative formats please contact the People Dancing office:

Telephone: +44 (0)116 253 3453     Email:


How to find Attenborough Arts Centre and parking
For more information on how to find Attenborough Arts Centre please visit their website: Attenborough Arts Centre

There is pay and display parking in surrounding areas and Attenborough Arts Centre has four car parking spaces for disabled blue badge holders and can make special arrangements at other venues if you notify them in advance. Please call them on 0116 252 2455