About Linked

Find out more about the organisations which make up Linked, our reasons for linking up and what we hope to achieve by working together. At the bottom of the page, find out more about the language and words we have used to describe disability in this website.

Linked brings together the skills and expertise of four premier dance organisations in south east London:

  • Candoco Dance Company, a professional dance company
  • Greenwich Dance, a dance development organisation
  • Magpie Dance, a participatory dance organisation
  • Trinity Laban, a contemporary dance conservatoire

By linking up, we can make a bigger difference and enable more disabled children and young people to enjoy the benefits of dance.

A teacher dancing with a group of participants with learning disabilities. Magpie Dance Youth Group Seniors Class. Photo: Alicia Clarke.
Teenage girl in wheelchair holding arms in diagonal on an orange-lit stage. Dance Ability participant performing. Photo: James Keates.

Through Linked we:

  • Share information about classes, events and other activities in an easily accessible website.  In this way we can help parents/carers and disabled children and young people easily find the right activity for them.
  • Provide new, exciting, high quality opportunities through joint projects and activities.
  • Encourage more disabled children and young people to start dancing. ‘Demystifying’ the dance class by sharing parents / carer’s and participants’ experiences is an important part of this work.
  • Draw on our joint expertise to develop the knowledge and skills of dance practitioners working with disabled children and young people.
  • Promote the benefits of dance for disabled children and young people to parents/carers, participants, funders and others with a strong, powerful voice.

In this website we use the following wording to describe disability.

  • Where we are describing a person with any type of disability (physical, sensory, learning, developmental), we use ‘disabled person’.
  • Where we are talking specifically about learning disabilities, we use ‘a person with learning disabilities’.
  • We include D/deaf and hearing impairments, autism and Asperger’s syndrome within the term ‘disabled’ currently.

Language preferences around disability vary and are constantly evolving. For example, we are aware of the current debates in D/deaf and neurodiverse communities around identification (or not) with the description ‘disabled’.  We will monitor these developments and review the language used in this website as necessary.

Two teenage girls standing in a studio, one in a dance position, with other dancers in the background. Cando2 Taster Workshop at The Place. Photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Linked Organisations

Candoco Dance Company Logo

CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY is an internationally renowned professional contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Alongside their touring performance programme, Candoco runs a programme of Learning projects and activities for people participating in contemporary dance purely for enjoyment or as part of a developing career.

Cando2 is Candoco’s youth dance company for disabled and non-disabled dancers aged 13-25, which performs across London and beyond. Weekly Cando2 classes are held at two London venues, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance (Deptford) and The Place (Euston).

http://www.candoco.co.uk/home/learning/

A group of dances in grey clothing perform on a black stage Cando2 Performers on Stage. Photo: Pedro Machado.

Greenwich Dance

GREENWICH DANCE is an extraordinary meeting place for artists, audiences and communities, making the space for great dance to happen through incubation, creation, participation and performance. Each year Greenwich Dance offers a wealth of dance classes, activities and performances for the public, schools and communities, alongside exciting creative and professional development opportunities for artists. Greenwich Dance hosts Magpie Dance’s weekly inclusive contemporary technique class for disabled and non-disabled adults and runs inclusive projects and activities in special schools and local communities for disabled and non-disabled children, young people and adults.

https://greenwichdance.org.uk/

A large group of dancers dancing in a line on an outdoor stage. Greenwich Dances 2016 Opening Event, Moving Woolwich. Photo: Alicia Clarke.

MAGPIE DANCE is a contemporary dance charity for people with learning disabilities based in Bromley, which was founded 32 years ago by the current Artistic and Executive Director Avril Hitman BEM. With an emphasis on ability rather than disability, Magpie has carved out a national reputation for its exciting and inspiring approach and ground-breaking work with dancers with learning disabilities. Magpie’s programme meets the needs of those who wish to dance purely for enjoyment or those who wish to develop their skills and progress into facilitation, choreography or performing. Weekly dance classes for children, young people and adults take place in Bromley, Orpington, Beckenham and Greenwich.

http://www.magpiedance.org.uk

A female dancer with learning disabilities performs with others on a blue lit stage. Magpie's Highfliers performing 'There Were Definitely Swans'. Photo: Tim Smith.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

TRINITY LABAN CONSERVATOIRE OF MUSIC & DANCE is one of Europe’s premier professional contemporary dance training institutions, based in an award-winning venue in Deptford. The Learning and Participation programme is an important element of the organisation’s work and aims to enable more people to access the benefits of dance – for enjoyment or as a career. It features a large programme of classes, events and projects for children, young people and adults based both in the venue and in local communities and schools, alongside a professional development programme for dance artists and practitioners. Dance Ability is a weekly inclusive dance class for disabled children and their siblings which brings together movement play and creative dance.

http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/take-part

Children dancing together. Dance Ability participants performing. Photo: James Keates.