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Inclusive dance for all in Lancaster!

Funded on Spacehive 28 February 2023

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Inclusive dance for all in Lancaster!

Inclusive dance for all in Lancaster!

North Lancs Down Syndrome Family and Carer Group By North Lancs Down Syndrome Family and Carer Group

Our dream is to create inclusive dance spaces for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy dance and movement in Lancaster.

Lancaster Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 28 Feb 2023!

In January we partnered with Dance Syndrome to deliver weekly inclusive dance sessions for children and adults in Lancaster. that are co-produced and co-delivered by a professional dance artist and a dance leader with a disability. They explore taught dance, travel, connection exercises, and creative tasks which allow each participant’s voice to be heard and all ideas to be shared. At the heart of DanceSyndrome ethos is the belief that there is no right or wrong way to move and there is beauty and significance in everyone’s movement. This provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities to not only be included, but to become more visible citizens, have their voices heard on important issues, follow their dreams and to succeed in their ambitions. Lancaster CVS and local NHS were so excited about our innovative approach they awarded us £2,000 for a 6 week trial. Our crowdfunding will build up our network of dance leaders and make this a regular event

What we'll deliver:

  • Every £250 that we raise will fund a 2 hour dance session (dance artist, dance leader, session prep and room fees)

Why it's a great idea:

Dance Syndrome consulted 300 people with learning disabilities and their families in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, and 100% identified low confidence, low aspirations, and limited life skills as key barriers to participating in social groups and to employment, training and volunteering. 50% had been unable to find suitable physical activity before hearing about Dance Syndrome; 40% had very limited movement and mobility; and 36% said there are no other local inclusive physical activities. They feared being ridiculed in ‘mainstream’ activities and were often unable to access these. Our Everybody dance sessions will address these barriers and inequalities in a safe, inclusive environment which focuses on the individual. Now we want to create opportunities for people living in North Lancashire to regularly access these inclusive dance sessions.

Steps to get it done:

  • marketing & engagement through social media (winter/spring 2023)
  • On boarding participants to Everybody Dance & on-going engagement (spring 2023)
  • training of 3 dance artists (summer/autumn 2023)

Location Lancaster

About the space

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Lancaster City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £4,879

12 weeks of Everybody dance classes - £1,800 (37%)
6 weeks of Everybody Dance classes - £900 (18%)
venue hire for 12 weeks - £882 (18%)
venue hire for 6 weeks and refreshments - £600 (12%)
training for 3 dance artists - £500 (10%)
Other - £197 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

12 weeks of Everybody dance classes
6 weeks of Everybody Dance classes
venue hire for 12 weeks
venue hire for 6 weeks and refreshments
training for 3 dance artists
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Additional dance classes so we can continue for the rest of 2023!

Total £4,879

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