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In 2018, the Society undertook a research project with the University of Bedfordshire, investigating accessibility to our syllabi for disabled learners. Three disabled dance specialists were paired with a Society teacher and their students, and together, they looked at specific syllabus exercises and how these could be adapted for their learners.

Researcher Dr Imogen Aujla visited the groups throughout the process, capturing video footage and interviews with teachers, students and specialists to track and monitor progress. The project culminated in a seminar event, Springboard, held at the University of Bedfordshire in February 2019, where each of the groups shared their experience and presented her findings.

Download Dr Aujla's report here.

Springboard 2019

View inspiring performances and presentations from various key speakers who all share findings from this significant project.

0:00:00 - Welcome by Ginny Brown, Chief Executive
0:05:45 - 'Accessing pathways to training for disabled young dancers' by Dr Imogen Aujla
0:35:30 - 'Working with progressions' by Kimberly Creak and Freya Spencer
0:54:00 - 'Developing inclusive dance practice: A teacher's journey' by Amy Bastin and Juliet Diener
1:17:30 - 'Deconstructing Dance - Making Ballroom and Latin American dancing more accessible' by Roswitha Wetschka and Imogen Butler
1:37:20 - Panel discussion

Performance from Magpie Dance


Performance from Orpheus Performance Dance Group