Dance to your own tune

Set up by dancer Jen Blackwell with help from The Big Lottery Fund and UnLtd, DanceSyndrome is a dancer-led, disability-inspired company

DanceSyndrome believes that everyone has the right to follow their own interests and passions – regardless of whether they have a disability or not.

Founded in 2009, the company came about because dancer Jen Blackwell, who happens to have down syndrome, was continually coming up against obstacles to finding training and performance opportunities.


With funding from The Big Lottery Fund and support by UnLtd – a charity that supports people with a vision to change the world for the better – Jen set up her own company.

“I live for dance – it’s my passion and my life,” says Jen. “I have a right to a life of my choosing. My future lies in dance and I want to share the fun and my passion for dance, and get others dancing.”

I live for dance – it’s my passion and my life. I have a right to a life of my choosing

Jen Blackwell

DanceSyndrome exists to support Jen and other dancers like her, who are learning disabled and want to inspire others to share their love of dance.

The company has recruited 13 more dancers since it was founded and has a 50:50 mix of dancers with learning disabilities and non-disabled dancers. It is the only charity in the North West that is not only disability-led, but also seeks to train and employ dancers with learning disabilities to deliver dance workshops and performances.

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