Toolkit developed to make dance accessible to people with disabilities
‘Making Sense of Dance’ launched at a special event in London
‘Making Sense of Dance’, a new educational dance resource, was launched today at Studio Wayne McGregor in east London. Developed in collaboration between Studio Wayne McGregor and the national disability charity Sense, the new toolkit, which combines an instructional guide with video demonstration, is intended to make dance and movement classes accessible to people with disabilities.
Free and available to download online, ‘Making Sense of Dance’, provides support to anyone who wants to lead or participate in a movement session. It brings together games, tasks and exercises that have been developed during an ongoing collaboration between Sense and Studio Wayne McGregor.
The launch took place at the new Studio Wayne McGregor creative arts space at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to multi award winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE. For the event, dancers from Company Wayne McGregor, and participants from the Sense day-service, TouchBase South East, combined to demonstrate workshops from the toolkit.
Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, Kara Jarrold, said:
“Dance is such a powerful medium for people with complex needs because it enables them to express what they mean or feel when other forms of communication might be challenging. By enabling someone to express meaning in this way, it also helps build their trust, confidence and communication with others as well as develop physical skills such as mobility, balance, flexibility and co-ordination.
We have loved working with the dancers at Studio Wayne McGregor and through this resource we hope to impart some of the learning and insight so that more people, whatever their communication needs, can benefit from dance.”
Director of Learning and Engagement at Studio Wayne McGregor, Jasmine Wilson, said:
“Our company dancers have had an amazing experience working with the participants from TouchBase South East. It was wonderful to see participants unlock their individual movement potential and to create new ways of understanding, through touch and physical thinking.
We hope the toolkit that we have developed in collaboration with Sense, provides the opportunity for others to benefit from what we learnt.”
‘Making Sense of Dance’ can be downloaded here: www.sense.org.uk/dance
Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. Our expertise in supporting individuals with communication needs benefits people of all ages, as well as their families and carers. We provide information and advice, offer a wide range of flexible services and campaign passionately for the rights of the people we serve.
About Studio Wayne McGregor
Studio Wayne McGregor is the creative engine for choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE, and the home of his lifelong enquiry into thinking through and with the body. It is a nexus of partners who explore movement, artistry, thought and collaboration. With Wayne McGregor at its centre, this collaborative network encompasses dancers, writers, composers, producers, software engineers, visual artists, scientists and more. The Studio contains Company Wayne McGregor, his own touring company of dancers, which is a Resident Company of Sadler’s Wells and tours to high acclaim across the UK and the world. The Studio’s highly specialised learning and research programmes explore the individual creative potential in over 10,000 participants each year.