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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.