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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.

 

Sign up to the 11 Million Reasons to Dance Network mailing list here

Next event
Tuesday 7 December, 13:00 - 14:30

11 Million Reasons To Dance Network event

 

Photos: Left - Krystal Lowe, 'Rewild'. Photo: Sleepy Robot Photography. Right - Alexandrina Hemsley. Photo: Richard Moore.

In this 11 Million Reasons to Dance (11MRTD) Network event, artists Krystal Lowe and Alexandrina Hemsley lead a discussion on intersectionality within the dance sector. Speaking from lived experience, they will share how intersectionality informs and shapes their practice, followed by the opening up of a discussion on how we can better support diversity and positive change and alliance for global majority dance artists who identify as disabled.

The event is run in partnership with People Dancing, Para Dance UK and Attenborough Arts Centre.

Places on this event are FREE and are open to anyone signed up to the 11MRTD Network newsletter.

Bookings for this event open Tuesday 23 November 2021

Booking deadline: Thursday 2 December 2021.

>   About Krystal Lowe and Alexandrina Hemsley

 

Krystal Lowe

Krystal is a Bermuda-born, Wales-based dancer, choreographer, and writer creating dance theatre works for stage, public spaces, and digital platforms. Recent credits include: Articulture Wales (Whimsy); Green Man Festival 2020/The Place’s Spring Festival 2021 (Rewild); Ffilm Cymru, BBC Arts, BBC Cymru, and Arts Council Wales (Daughters of the Sea); and National Dance Company Wales and Literature Wales for the Welsh Government’s Wales in Germany 2021 (Good Things to Come). 

Alexandrina Hemsley

Alexandrina’s creative practice lands in the fluid spaces of dance, choreography, writing, facilitating and advocacy. Their interests are both enduring and in expansive states of flux – or just in connection/relation to the processes within life and within living. They turn towards the sensorial, the bodily, the multiple subjective positions of self – and self in intimate relation to self and other-selves – as ways to find breath and voice amidst the unjust and inequitable.

Alexandrina has recently founded her own organisation Yewande 103. Yewande 103 formalises the past 10+ years of her work in the contemporary dance field as a choreographer, performer, writer, mentor and educator. Yewande 103 lives as compassionate, embodied advocacy in action, through choreography, writing, production, artist support and the development of mental health discourse.

alexandrinahemsley.com/about

11 Million Reasons to Dance Networking Event online on 24 Nov 2020

 

This video is a recording of the People Dancing 11 Million Reasons to Dance Networking event held on zoom on 24th November 2020. The network is for disabled dance artists, disability led dance organisations and organisations who work with disabled dancers. Please note this recording is poor quality due to wifi dropout and the screen is on speaker view to support the pining of the BSL interpreters for access requirements of participants involved.