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Leadership in Action: Amplifying and advocating learning disabled dance leaders

Wednesday 26 June 2024
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
10.30am - 4.00pm

People Dancing and Corali Dance Company are delighted to present this one day in person event for learning disabled dance leaders and their supporters.

Led by supporting partners Anjali Dance Company, DanceSyndrome, Stopgap Dance Company and TIN Arts, the day, a first of its kind, supports the coming together of learning disabled dancers and dance leaders in one space.
A welcome from Sheri at Corali

This is a video from Sheri at Corali Dance Company to welcome you to the event.



We are searching for learning disabled dance leaders who currently work in, or want to work in professional dance, or have at least one year's dancing experience. 


We are really excited to welcome everyone into the space for a fantastic day of movement and discussion. 


This full day event is for professional dancers and dance leaders who have a learning disability. This is also suitable for learning disabled people who want to work in professional dance. 

Learning disabled dancer leaders from all over the UK will come together to meet, talk about what it means to be a dancer and dance leader, and of course have time to dance!

You will need to travel to Leicester on the day.

There is a small fee to pay for attending.


Support workers are free. 

If you need personal care you will need to bring someone with you – its free for them to come.

>> Book your place for 26 June here


What do I need to bring on the day?

Its going to be a full day and you will be doing some dancing, here's our top tips for you to get the most out of the day:  

  • Wear clothing you can dance in and feel comfortable in

  • Bring a water bottle - there is a café in the building so you can buy snacks and drinks

  • Wear layers so you can remove or put on depending on your body temperature

  • Bring any medication with you that you need to take 

  • If you need personal care, please bring a person with you to help you on the day

  • We will provide you with lunch, so you don't need to bring food with you.

Do you need help to book?

If you would like help to book a place you can:


Watch this video from DJ at Corali Dance Company about how to book for the event.




Look at the 'How to book - EASY READ' document at the bottom of this page.


Call us at People Dancing on 0116 253 3453.


Unsure if it is for you?

Join us for an online information session on Wednesday the 5 June at 11:00am to find out more about the event.


This event might help some people to understand what will happen, what they might be asked to do, and why.

We can also tell people about some of the questions that they may be asked and talk about the location, and what’s in the building.

There will be time for people to ask us questions too, and importantly to meet us and each other before the day.

This session is FREE. 

>> Book your place for 5 June here


Useful documents
Advocate, carer, or supporters?

If you are an advocate, carer or supporter attending and or supporting someone to attend; here is some useful information.

  • Lunch is included in the price, please let us know if you or someone you are supporting has any allergies, food fears, or food preferences upon booking, or contact
  • Tickets for carers are free.
  • If you or the person you are supporting has access needs please let us know upon booking. Access requirements cannot be guaranteed to be fulfilled for bookings made after the 12 June due to the appropriate notice given.
  • If you are supporting a learning disabled person to attend and would like to discuss the needs of the person in more detail, please email Head of Inclusion - Louise Wildish
  • The staff at People Dancing can also link you with the partner organisation from your local area if this would be helpful. If you or one of your dancers already works with one of our partner organisations and you would prefer to discuss the event with them, or would like their support to book you can contact them directly. For more information contact or call 0116 253 3453.
What Is A Learning Disability?

There are different types of learning disability, which can be mild, moderate, severe or profound. In all cases a learning disability is lifelong. Click the link below to see UK Charity Mencap's definition and find out more about learning disability and its associated conditions.


About the Partnership organisations
People Dancing and Corali Dance Company are working alongside supporting partners Anjali Dance Company, DanceSyndrome, Stopgap Dance Company and TIN Arts, to deliver a national symposium aimed at supporting learning disabled dancers and dance leaders to progress. 

The ‘Leadership in Action: Amplifying and advocating learning disabled dance leaders’ symposium takes place over one day and will be held at Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester. 

This national event is the first of its kind in supporting learning disabled dance leaders to come together in one space to collectively dance, discuss opportunities and development needs, and explore ways to make change to remove the barriers faced by learning disabled leaders in the profession. 

Image credits:

FIRST -  Image credit: Housni Hassan (DJ), Sheri King, Patricia Langa, Bethan Kendrick, Jackie Ryan
Super Hot Hot Dog, Pavilion Dance South West, 2023
Jon C Archdeacon

SECOND - Jackie Ryan and Patricia Langa, Oye Como Va, Royal Opera House, 2021
Jon C Archdeacon

THIRD - Housni Hassan (DJ), Amplify! British Library 2022
Jon C Archdeacon