Here you will find some useful information to help you make your work/practice more inclusive. Clare and Lesley believe education is the key to progress and want to share their own experiences as being dancers with a disability. Please contact them if you have future questions or enquiries regarding any of this or simply just want to join in the conversation.
British Sign Language Movement Workshop
Our workshop aims to teach basic British Sign Language through movement whilst inviting participants to explore their creative side through storytelling and choreography. Helping remove the social communication barriers, whilst sharing our passion for inclusion and education.
Our workshop runs for 1 hour 30 minutes and is aimed at primary age participants, however can be lots of fun for the whole family to learn.
We recently delivered our workshop as part of West Dunbartonshire Council's Summer Extravaganza alongside Clifftop Projects and as part of Femmes Uncut Mamas and Babas Event.
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DANCE
Are you being Ableist?
Where is the Line?
Artist Research Bursary
We were lucky to receive an Artist Research Bursary, supported by The Work Room Glasgow. Which we carried out research from October 2020 - February 2021. For this we researched the knowledge gaps in dance education for people with invisible disabilities based on our own experience. We were mentored by Artist Luke Pell and were grateful to meet so many amazing disabled and non-disabled artists. We are currently working towards creating a training day where we can share our research to help educate 'mainstream' dance artists/educators on how they can become more Autistic and Deaf Friendly.
We were lucky to share the process of our research and thoughts at The Work Room's Friday Social Event on 5 February 2021. If you missed out you can view the recording below.
"Thank you for this. I can't wait to see the scrapbook"
Pamela Walker, Senior Producer at Imaginate
We celebrated National Autistic Awareness Week by taking part in the Super7 Challenge with the National Autistic Society. We created 7 pieces of Art, highlighting and celebrating Autistic Females. We were lucky enough to raise £240 for the National Autistic Society.
Shaper/Caper Podcast & Transcript
This Podcast shares personal experiences of what it's like to have a disability in professional training. It addresses the challenges faced by COVID19 and provides adaptations you could apply to your practice.
Inclusive Practice is Good Practice
Para Dance UK new Inclusive dance resource film. Featuring 42 of the UK's most experienced and inclusive dance practitioners, providing advice and knowledge. This is a great resource and very valuable to anyone interested in Inclusive dance practice.
Shaper/Caper LGBTQ+ Signs
This video teaches the British Signs for the different identity groups of the LGBTQ+ Community.
we’d be extremely grateful if you could sign/share this petition for British Sign Language to be part of the curriculum and be taught in schools.
Sign language is not only beneficial for the deaf community, it also helps people who find verbal communication challenging.