We worked with People Dancing for ‘11 Million Reasons to Dance’, a national project positively profiling disabled, deaf and sight-impaired people who dance. The project has been commissioned by People Dancing and supported by Unlimited Impact and Arts Council England.
In January 2017 Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding hosted ’11 Million Reasons’, a photography exhibition that re-imagined iconic cinematic dance moments from well known films with deaf, sight-impaired and disabled dancers. The exhibition, created by photographer Sean Goldthorpe, is the inspiration for the project and its name refers to the 11 million + disabled people living in the UK. The exhibition was also shown at the South Holland Centre, Spalding in February.
Project partners include Doncaster Community Arts, Tin Arts, artsNK, The Brindley/Halton Borough Council and Coventry Performing Arts Service. The organisations are all collaborating with local venues, dance artists, education establishments and cultural agencies to create an exciting programme of dance development and touring to new audiences in six locations: Coventry, Doncaster, Durham, Spalding in Lincolnshire, Middlesbrough and Runcorn, Cheshire.
A headline performance took place in February at South Holland Centre, featuring a performance by Stopgap Dance company, who create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring, emplying disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. The event also featured various local community dance groups, including dancers from our Inclusive Dance Programme.