Young people from artsNK’s and Transported’s dance and disability programme, performed on stage, in front of a live audience at South Holland Centre on Friday 9 March. Also performing at the event were acclaimed inclusive dance/theatre company Casson & Friends, who headlined the 11 Millions reasons to dance event.
Now in its second year, the 11 Million Reasons to Dance performance, was part of the legacy of People Dancing’s 11 Million Reasons to Dance project which was conceptualised in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance, and takes its name from the eleven million disabled people living in the UK.
Casson & Friends’ piece Night at the Theatre, featured an integrated, disabled and non-disabled, cast of three performers. The show provided the perfect introduction to dance theatre for all ages, helping audiences to discover the amazing things that can happen at the theatre, to learn the many different things that dance can be, and even help create a performance. Casson & Friends dancer Laura Dajao also performed a new solo piece that she had been working on in residency at South Holland Centre.
Emily Sutton, artsNK Community dance artists, commented:
“We had so much fun at the 11 Million Reasons to Dance performance last week. All three of our artsNK Dance and Disabilities groups (North Hykeham, Lincoln and Spalding) took part in the show and it was wonderful to have all the groups coming together for this event. Our dancers performed their pieces on the main stage at South Holland Centre and then stayed to watch professional inclusive company Casson and Friends perform in the second half.
The groups loved their chance to perform, and the nerves we saw before the show disappeared as soon as the lights came up and the music started. It has been amazing to see how far our dancers have progressed in the last year, both in terms of dance and in confidence. Back in our classes this week the energy and enthusiasm from last week’s show has had a lasting effect and we can’t stop talking about the performance and performing the moves we learnt from Casson and Friends.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part and came along to support us. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for our Dance and Disabilities programme…watch this space!”
artsNK’s and Transported’s Dance and Disability classes take place in North Hykeham, Lincoln and Spalding. For more information click here.