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Disability & Inclusion

The programme

The Disability and Inclusion programme aims to better support opportunities and representation of disabled people and underrepresented individuals who work in, and or participate in dance. By working alongside organisations and individuals, we strive to create a world that truly understands and envelopes equity, equality and diversity, and one that empowers and uplifts those who are excluded or face barriers in working or participating in dance.

Our programme of work aims to challenge perceptions, nurture advocacy and activism, and connect people together to support lasting change through learning and shared lived experiences. Our work over the years ensures that art is at the heart of what we do and in the stories that we support to be told. We have worked with hundreds of disabled and non disabled artists and organisations to help develop safer creative spaces where dance includes every body.

Louise Wildish, Head of Inclusion

The Working Group, supported by Arts Council England present:

Barriers to Progression & Employment in Dance for Disabled People – Research Tender

The Working Group wishes to appoint an independent disabled researcher/s (or co-led with a disabled or person/s with lived experience researcher/leader) or organisation or agency which has a disabled person within the team, to undertake a nationwide investigation to identify systemic barriers that prevent disabled people from entering, sustaining and progressing their careers in the dance sector.

Deadline: 03 June 2024

Leadership in Action: Amplifying and advocating learning disabled dance leaders

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

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

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.

>> More about this event and to book your place



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.

Inclusion in Dance Network

The Inclusion in Dance Network (formerly 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 always open to new members.

Find out more and join the Inclusion in Dance Network