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Delivering Remotely to People with Learning Disabilities During a Pandemic: How Liberdade Adapted

''Liberdade work with people with learning disabilities and autism; running four different groups, four days a week including Liberdade Theatre Company (their core group), Liberdade Youth Physical Theatre, Health and Wellbeing and Yip Yaps. They deliver their services to more than 50 adults with learning disabilities each week and that number rises to 110 if you include the young people who participate in our outreach programmes.

When groups had to stop coming and Gosforth Civic Theatre was forced to close its doors, how did the team go about not only adapting their programme to a post-COVID environment but support their members, many of whom are in vulnerable situations?'' Find out more on their website by clicking the button below...

GRAEAE - Free Support for Deaf & Disabled Freelancers

''Graeae been working behind the scenes to create a package of support for our vital Deaf and disabled freelance workforce.'' 

Stopgap Dance Company - online dance workshops

Our friends at Stopgap Dance Company have created a free series of self-guided online dance workshops and classes that introduce a variety approaches to dance practice, with inclusivity at its heart.

To watch them and join in at home, click on the button below

OPEN LETTER TO ARTS ORGANISATIONS/VENUES/BUILDINGS: Making the case to better support neurodivergent freelancers

...'We have created this document as a best practice guide, which has had ideas fed in by the freelancers in the arts industry. The aim is to lobby for radical changes when thinking about accessibility for neurodivergence and how we might put new structures in place to better support the neurodivergent community. This is to acknowledge that support for neurodivergence arguably falls through the cracks when thinking about accessibility in buildings and within organisations. There is a proportion of freelancers that must be better supported when we are reopening the arts sector....'

Call Out 'Get Online Tech Pack'

The North East Inclusive Dance Network were fortunate in Spring 2020 to receive a donation from Dr Nath and The Kala Premi Foundation in support of the network. As a network we are very aware that in the current difficult times many disabled people are unable to take part in online dance activities due to barriers related to finance and technology.


The network would like to understand better how we may be able to help people continue to dance in these difficult times. 

So we would love to hear if you or someone you know would benefit from loaning equipment that will enable you / someone you know to get online?


This may be to attend a one-off online event or to take part in a series of online activities. You choose what dance activity you'd like to take part in, and we can make some recommendations too if you need help with some ideas!  


Our proposal is to purchase and loan equipment as a 'get online tech pack' for up to 4 weeks to those who are unable to get online at the moment. Primarily we the network would look to loan a mobile wifi router. We may also be able to loan a basic tablet that is pre-installed with ZOOM and an account to join ZOOM meetings if and where required. 


We need to know if there is a need for such a loan service so if you are interested for yourself or you know someone who is unable to access online activities (connected to dance) please contact us with an initial expression of interest by Tuesday 30th June. We will then look at all the responses gathered and decide on how best to more the offer forwards. 


Please email responding to the following questions:


Would you or someone you know be interested in the 'get online tech pack' to access activities online?

What type of activities or events would you / they like to participate in?

Where in the North East would the 'get online tech pack' be needed?

How long would the 'get online tech pack' be needed for?

Would the person using the tech pack need support to use Zoom?

Is there any other information we should know?

Deadline to express your interest is Monday 6th July, 5pm. 


RESOURCES - For Artists with a Disability by Unlimited

Click on the button below for a collated list of useful resources and links put together by Unlimited. It includes links to all the major funders’ announcements, disability specific forums and Facebook groups, tips for homeworking, links to some of the Government initiatives etc. It also includes some commissioning opportunities.

 Support/Advice – Autism & Covid 19

Autism & Covid-19: How to Support Autistic People During the Coronavirus Pandemic


FUNDING - Arts Council Emergency Funds – Easy Read Format


Click the link below to find out about the latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures Arts Council England have put in place to address the Covid-19/coronavirus crisis.


Easy Read versions also available on their website.

A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden, an immersive installation for SEN children aged 3 - 10 years and their families that allows interaction with sounds and visuals through movement play.

What’s behind the gate? Take a peek and look….

​It’s a secret walled garden – all overgrown, neglected and forgotten. Looking around you can tell it was once a much loved place and full of life. And it shall be, once again, but only with your help.

We need you to help us tidy, water and plant to make the garden beautiful once more for everyone to enjoy.

A Secret Garden is available to book for schools, venues, libraries, galleries and festivals.

Contact Amanda Drago on for further information.

NEIDN Exchange Opportunities

We are delighted to share with you the following NEIDN Exchange Opportunities from NEIDN Members Molly Grey, Lynn Campbell and Dance City.  Please see below each of their offers of support to members of the network. 


The NEIDN Exchange is a pilot programme, designed to encourage cross collaboration of best practice, skill sharing and networking. We will be rolling out further opportunities to get involved with, so if you would like to offer or are looking for an opportunity please get in touch with Hannah and Rachel at A big thank you to Lynn, Molly and Dance City for getting the ball rolling.     

To take up any of the opportunities, shown below, please contact us on register your interest and we will pass your details on to the relevant person.  When getting in touch please provide us with your:

  1. Full Name:

  2. Email Address:

  3. Contact Telephone Number (optional):

  4. Brief description of why you would like to engage with the specific opportunity:

  5. Any access needs that we may need to be aware of:

Please note that the opportunities listed will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please share these generous exchange offers with your colleagues, networks and anyone else who you think may benefit from their support. All correspondence must be made directly to the NEIDN who will liaise with partners and make introductions, please do not contact individuals separately. 

NEIDN Exchange Opportunities


Molly Grey

Dance Artist


Molly is offering shadowing experiences at one of her inclusive dance sessions.  These sessions are taught termly so will only take place on specific dates.

1.   Mondays, In Motion at Dance City, Newcastle, 1.30pm - 2.30pm 

2.   Tuesdays, Express Yourself Dance at Torch Centre, Hexham, 2pm - 3pm

Molly is also offering the opportunity to meet for a coffee and a chat about her work/ experience on Mondays at 1pm at Dance City.



Lynn Campbell

Dance Artist/ Arts Connect


Lynn is offering the following opportunities:

1.    To shadow at Hang Out and Dance classes which are inclusive classes for young people with SEND and without.  Taking place at Dance City Monthly.

2.    To shadow sessions including some aerial and some movement exploration/dance with 2 tutors and up to groups of 10.  Taking place at Dance City Monthly.

Lynn also runs Arts Connect for Newcastle Council’s children with disabilities team.  Lynn can offer inclusive chats over a cup of coffee to discuss her work and the Arts Connect Opportunities.  Dates and times to be arranged on expression of interest.


Dance City

Dance Agency for the North East


Dance City are offering the following opportunities: 

1.   30 minutes informal Q&A with Interim Artistic Director, Phil Douglas, date and time to be arranged between the individual and Phil.

2.   30 minutes informal Q&A with Interim Creative Producer, Alex Anslow, date and time to be arranged between the individual and Alex.

3.   Free ticket to the Season Launch on 11 February 2020 with the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal in order to meet the producers of the event and the special guests performing in it.

Inclusive dance and IRIS teacher training

Inclusive dance and IRIS teacher training

Stopgap Dance Company is really excited to announce a new inclusive dance teacher training programme starting in January 2020.

Seedbed will offer dance teachers a detailed, progressive and practical approach to teaching inclusively, and will be led by experts from within Stopgap and from the wider inclusive dance industry.

The programme will run from January to the end of May 2020.

On completion of the programme practitioners will be able to learn, explore and use Stopgap’s dance teaching syllabus IRIS, as used by their community dance groups throughout the UK and abroad. Being a part of IRIS will also enable the teacher to become part of an invaluable support network of like minded inclusive dance teachers and gain access to regular contact time with Stopgap Dance Company.

Seedbed will support the teacher’s practice when working with physically diverse dancers, neuro diverse dancers, and dancers who are hard to reach. The programme is structured so that Stopgap’s inclusive approach is regularly revisited and developed throughout the teacher’s learning. There will be plenty of time to practice, reflect and trial new tools, ideas and language throughout the programme.

Where: Farnham, Surrey

When: Sessions will run 11am - 3.30pm on the following dates:

15 Jan 2020
4 & 18 Mar 2020
1 Apr 2020
6 & 20 May 2020

Weekend and Half Term intensives
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Jan 2020
Mon 17 – Thurs 20 Feb 2020
Mon 6 – Thurs 9 Apr 2020
Sat 2 & Sun 3 May 2020

Price: £1000
£750 if you have previously attended a CPD or Lab hosted by Stopgap Dance Company
Please speak to the company if you would like to pay in installments

Deadline for applications is: January 8th, 2020

If you are interested in joining the programme, have any questions about the course, or would like to find out more about the learning outcomes, please contact Alana Jones, Creative Learning Coordinator for more details:


*The training will enable teachers to deliver our inclusive dance syllabus IRIS.*

To be kept in touch about announcements, please join our mailing list or contact us to find out more. 

NEIDN Exchange 2019

The NEIDN Exchange is a new initiative.  Over the years we have had feedback from NEIDN members that an opportunity to share ideas and expertise across the network would be valuable, therefore we have set up the NEIDN Exchange programme to take place throughout November 2019.  You can either ask a question or you can offer help with a focus on inclusive dance.  The opportunity is open to dance artists, dance organisations, dance venues, 3rd year dance students, parents and carers.

To pose a question or offer support all you need to do is download and complete the NEIDN Exchange Form on our website and return it to by Friday 29 November 2019.

We will then share your question or offer of help with the NEIDN to see if anyone can answer your question or can use your help.  If they can then the NEIDN will set up the exchange.


Easy Read Documents available below and if you prefer you can let us know your question or offer of support by video, telephone or in person. Please email us first to discuss this further

Easy Read about NEIDN

Easy Read about NEIDN Exchange 2019

SLIDE - groups to perform

TIN Arts are offering the chance for County Durham-based dance groups (aged 11 - 19 years or up to 24 years for those with a disability) to join us and perform as part of SLIDE at the Gala Theatre on 8th March 2020.
As part of the event you can also sign up to the North East PULSE competition – part of U.Dance ( a national programme which seeks to increase the number of performances involving young people.
SLIDE is FREE for groups to take part in with tickets on sale for family and friends to support your group on the evening itself.
Any interested groups or group leaders should get in touch as soon as possible as there are limited spaces available!
Either DM us or email
Photo Credit: Ian Paine

NEIDN Ambassador - join our team!

The North East Inclusive Dance Network is looking for a volunteer Ambassador to join the team for one year from October 2019 - September 2020, to advocate, connect with and support inclusive dance across the North East. 

Please read the following documents for details about the role and how to apply.

About the NEIDN (easy read) - click here

About the Role & How to Apply (easy read) - click here

About the Role video version available on request - please email 

Why apply to be our Ambassador?

  • It's a great opportunity to work with the NEIDN, TIN Arts and Liberdade who manage the network

  • It can offer great career prospects, experience for your CV, as well as new skills in the industry 

  • You will meet new people and develop professional contacts through a variety of networking opportunities.

Deadline Sunday 20th October, 5pm.

Any questions please email Rachel and Hannah -

Unlimited Connects North

Invitation to event celebrating disabled artists:

Unlimited Connects North at The Lowry in Salford, 19 September 2019, as part of Sick Festival. The discussion panel will tackle questions of labels and self-definition for disabled artists, and the event will be followed by performances by Candoco and Laurence Clark.


The day will include:

  • A panel discussion

  • Pitching of projects by disabled artists

  • Showcasing of work by disabled artists

  • Informal and facilitated networking enabling one to one conversations.


The full day schedule and details can be found on Sick Festival’s website, where you can reserve a free space for the day (this does not include the evening performances, please book for these separately).

Creative Case North Case Study - TIN Arts

TIN Arts is a nationally leading inclusive dance organisation based in the North East.  From their Durham base they work hard to identify and remove barriers to dance and the performing arts by increasing the levels of participation by people of all ages and abilities, developing new skills, being creative and celebrating talents and achievements.

In this case study Director, Martin Wilson and Dance Artist, Becki Parker share how their work on the Creative Case reaches across their organisation, programmes and outputs, directly influencing who they engage and how, the work generated and how they talk about, present or share the artistic outcomes. 

Read more here - 

Access Docs for Artists

Arts Council England has launched a new online resource that helps disabled artists outline their access needs to employers.

Access Docs for Artists acts as a reference document, created by the artist, that an institution can follow to make sure the artist has equal access to work.



TIN ARTS Talent Hub News!

The Talent Hub project is delivered in partnership with Yorkshire Dance supported by Inclusion North

We now have ten brilliant dance artists on board, a website and the beginnings of a new piece of work, created by Theo Clinkard, which will tour later this year!

Keep reading below or head straight over to: for all the latest



The Talent Hub aims to transform the dance sector, enabling artists with a learning disability or autism to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers. A partnership with TIN Arts and supported by Inclusion North, the Talent Hub comprises of ten gifted and talented dance artists who have received individualized ‘wrap-around’ support alongside periods of intensive training. Alongside this training the dance artists have been working with reknown choreographer Theo Clinkard on a new piece of work entitled HELM, which will debut in November at Dance City [link] before going on a national tour in 2020.

In ‘HELM’ dancers dive into dreamscapes and act out fantastical ways of being, unleashing their imaginations to construct a world of alter egos, rockstars, curious souls and fierce goddesses. Pulsating with a wildly diverse mix of music, the stage will transform into a place of endless potential, where a series of shapeshifting acts remind the audience that the only limit is the edge of the imagination’

Tickets for the event will go live soon. Stay tuned for more information.

The Talent Hub is a professional development programme for dance artists with a learning disability or autism. The project has been supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence. 
Find out more about the project and its dance artists

(Lead Image of dancer: Photo by Camilla Greenwell)

Vital Spark Roadshow Events

The aim is to broaden the range of artists in the children's sector and support the development of work that is relevant to and representative of all children today. Spark Arts for Children have an opportunity to work with a group of talented artists identifying as BAME/Person of Colour, D/deaf and/or Disabled through 2019-2020.


This work with artists includes an Artist Development Programme and seed commissioning of new work through the Ideas Fund.


The most relevant dates in the north are:

  • Manchester 27 June, 4-6pm (Z-Arts)

  • Leeds 19 July 2-4pm (Leeds Playhouse)

Disciplinability: The Unruly Body and Disability Dance


Project's Title

Disciplinability: The Unruly Body and Disability Dance


The aim

This PhD project wants to create a space for the disabled dance artists and choreographers and integrated companies to reflect on their own work from their perspective, also contributing to share different approaches to the discipline. The study hopes to reveal the challenges that artists and companies face in their work and how they are contributing to transform and radicalize the dance discourses through practice. 


The research hopes to generate new insights into the phenomena of disability dance by giving voice to their producers, which may potentially expand the knowledge on the discipline.

Who I am looking for

I am looking for dance artists/choreographers with disabilities and integrated dance companies from the UK to involve in the project. It will consist of a period of immersive observation on the artists' work in the studio and on stage, with no negative effects on their schedule. I will also take informal interviews to give bigger space to their opinions. 


The observation period should start in Autumn 2019, but a different starting time can be arranged. Participation is on a voluntary basis.


What the participants will get from the study

The published materials in the forms of videos, conference papers, PhD Thesis, and a blog, will give broader acknowledgement and visibility to the participants. Artists and dance companies will be also invited to share their work in a Symposium in May 2020 at The University of Leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries. More details will be given in the next months. 


If interested, please contact Stefania Di Paolo (, University of Leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries.


Stefania Di Paolo

PhD student

School of Performance and Cultural Industry

University of Leeds

CoCreART Symposium & Networking Lunch Invitation

Commissions for Exchange Laboratories is part of our dynamic 'CoCreART' programme which brings together five learning disabled artists from Headway Arts and five new visiting artists in an exchange of processes, influences, culture and practice. 


The artists will work across a variety of art forms within five short but intensive laboratories using Headway Arts’ unique award-winning CoCreART methodology which has been developed over 25 years of pioneering inclusive practices, supported by Arts Council England. 


They will present their dialogues for discussion at the CoCreART Symposium & Networking Lunch at Headway ArtSpace on Friday 26th July 2019. 


Tickets for the Symposium are FREE and lunch will be provided on the day. To book your place please visit:

Headway Art's CoCreART Laboratories - seeking artists

As part of our dynamic CoCreART programme, Headway Arts are looking for five visiting artists from all disciplines to work alongside five learning disabled artists from Headway Arts. Successful applicants will co-create new shared work across a variety of art forms and equally explore each other’s processes, skills, influences, culture and practice.


The artists will work across a variety of art forms within five short but intensive laboratories using Headway Arts’ unique award-winning CoCreART methodology which has been developed over 25 years of pioneering inclusive practices, supported by Arts Council England.


All artists will present their dialogues for discussion at The CoCreART Symposium and Networking Lunch on Friday 26th July 2019 at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth.


The laboratories will be supported and directed by Allie Walton-Robson, Creative Director, Headway Arts and all visiting artists will receive a Commissions for Exchange bursary of £250.


To apply, please send your CV and a 500 word statement to: by 17th May 2019.

RADA: Access to Acting workshop

Saturday 25th May, 1pm - 4pm. 

Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

This is an opportunity for young people with physical and sensory impairments to participate in a practical inclusive drama workshop. 

Led by RADA teachers, you will find out what it’s like to train as an actor through exploring play texts, voice or movement, and warm-up exercises.


How to book - contact: or 0191 242 7244. You will be asked to complete a form to tell us about any access requirements in advance.

Unlimited Commissions 2019

Unlimited have announced their latest awards with over £550,000 to support the development of ambitious new artistic work by 26 disabled artists and companies.


Find out more about the artists receiving support by clicking the link below. 




Credit: Sea Sharpe/Brownton Abbey/Tarik Elmoutawakil. Photo Victor Frankowski

Come On Down 2019

Come On Down will be happening at Headway ArtSpace over three days on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March 2019! 


Come on Down! is a festival of performance and creativity for and by learning disabled people. If you haven’t been to Come on Down before, it’s a ‘bring and share’ event. This means we love it when people attend for a full day to perform or showcase their work, join us for lunch and stay to watch the other groups as well. This year for Come On Down we will have our young people's day on Tuesday 26th March and the 27th/28th will be for adults. 


We are now looking to schedule performances into the Come On Down festival programme and would love to invite you to take part! We are offering performance slots of any length up to 30 minutes on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March between 10.30 and 2.30 - this can include dance, theatre, music, art and film. If you don't have a piece of work to showcase then we would still love to have you in the audience. 


Come On Down 2019 is fast approaching and we'd love to have you involved!

Get in touch to find out more here - 

Europe Beyond Access

Disability Arts International 

'Introducing Europe Beyond Access, a four-year pan-European project aimed at supporting disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre and dance sectors.'

Click to find out more...


Candoco Dance Company’s Training Intensive is a two-week, residential, dance training course for disabled and non-disabled dancers age 18-30 supported by ASOS. The Training Intensive will take place in the UK in August, dates and location TBC.

How to apply
The Training Intensive will be open for applications soon.
We will then invite some dancers to audition workshops in June 2019.

Be the first to hear when applications open by signing up to our mailing list here.
For more information, contact

Find out more here -

Gloucester Carnival Arts Partnership 'Movements & Mobilisation' Project 2018

Broadening Access to Carnival Parade Choreography.


In 2018, CAP members drew together dance collaborators with diverse and experience to explore how the 'Universal Design of Instruction' approach (as developed through Dance Unstuck) could create more equitable access to parade choreography for a diversity of performers.

UNLIMITED announce their commissions shortlist!

Unlimited are delighted to share with you the three shortlists naming the projects, artists and companies that we will be considering for Unlimited’s next awards for main commissions, research and development and emerging artists.


Find out more here -

Tickets on sale for Freedom Moving!

‘Freedom Moving’ created by LIberdade in partnership with Dance City.


'An exciting evening of dance and physical theatre.'


Friday 30th November // 7pm // £6


You can get your ticket from the box office: 0191261050

Performance opportunity in India!



Deh+Teet= Dehateet (It means the people who rise above their body and deliver).


Dehateet is an initiative to support and showcase the best of the talent of the special artists from around the world. The very best- who have conquered their physical challenges and won the world rising over physical disability. Dehateet envisions to give a message to society that physical disability is just a state of mind.


We have established Dehateet as an annual event which will provide a platform to all specially-abled individuals to show their glories and be an inspiration for the world. Dehateet is a part of IPAF(International Performing Arts Festival). International Performing Arts Festival (IPAF) promotes Traditional Art & Culture/Performing arts globally. 


Your amazing contribution in the empowerment of differently abled is well recognized by Dehateet. We hereby invite you to perform in this 5 days carnival of Dehateet 2018, to be organized in Nagpur (India) from 15th to 19th December 2018. 


Accommodation, food and travelling expenses will be provided by the company. Kindly let us know if you are interested for the same, if yes then what will be the timing of your performance and accordingly the honorarium expected from your side. Once everything is finalised you will get the confirmation letter from our side. 


Looking for a positive response. 


For more information visit our website


Warm Regards,

Mahima Chaudhary

Event Associate



NSCD seeks artists for Northern Connections

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is seeking ambitious, emerging dance makers based in the North of England for Northern Connections, its bi-annual artist development programme.

Where: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

When: 25–29 March 2019: Initial research and development week,
27 August–6 September 2019: Weeks 2 and 3 of the residency at NSCD,
3 October: Performance at NSCD’s Riley Theatre (get in 2 October)

Deadline for applications: 5 November 2018

Northern Connections provides a platform and support for emerging choreographers based, living or working in the North of England. We are looking for artists with real ambition and original ideas to develop new work as part of our programme for 2019.

Selected artists will receive funding for a 3 week studio residency with their dancers at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD). Artists will have access to: production support (technical, marketing, PR), mentoring and feedback from NSCD and partners, and the opportunity to build relationships with invited producers and programmers.

Previous artists include Carlos Pons Guerra (nominated for the 2016 UK Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards in the category of ‘Best Independent Company’), Jamaal Burkmar (Winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award) and Gracefool Collective (Winners of the Underbelly Untapped Award for ‘innovative new writing’ at Edinburgh Fringe).

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled artists, and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) artists.

Northern Connections is funded through the National Lottery and delivered by NSCD in partnership with Spin Arts Management and Yorkshire Dance.

For full details on the opportunity, criteria, and how to apply, visit:

Contact details:

Open Meeting for Tees Valley dance professionals

TIN Arts invites you and your colleagues to an open meeting for anybody interested in or already supporting dance in education or community settings across the Tees Valley.
Through the delivery of a number of inclusive dance-related projects by TIN Arts over recent years, we have spoken with many people who are interested in an initial conversation exploring a collective approach to dance across Tees Valley.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 November, 10am - 12pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

To register your interest in attending, email and further details will be sent out in due course.


Please do share this information with anyone you feel may be interested.

Hold Your Peace by Headway Arts

To commemorate the centenary of The Great War Headway Arts would like to invite you to a special performance of our new show ‘Hold Your Peace’, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Queens Hall Arts, on Thursday 22nd November at 3.30pm at Headway ArtSpace, Blyth.


Set in 1919 during preparations for a “Peace Tea’ garden party, Hold Your Peace tells the tale of the impact of the lives of the residents of The Orchards and the untold stories of the lives of learning disabled people during the Great War. It is a thought provoking piece which highlights the horrendous loss of life and how this brought changes to those at home, including learning disabled people. 





Hold Your Peace is being shown as part of the Generosity Festival, a celebration of Philanthropy in the North East hosted by The Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Tickets are free but please book through EVENTBRITE: 

Think Inclusive

Date: Wednesday 17 October 2018
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Gosforth Civic Theatre, NE3 3HD
Cost: FREE

(If you require this information in an alternative format please let us know.)

About Think Inclusive
Think Inclusive is a full day of activities brought to you by Moving Art Management in collaboration with TIN Arts and Liberdade on behalf of the North East Inclusive Dance Network (NEIDN). 

The morning is an important NEIDN Network Meeting to reflect upon, develop and celebrate the work of the network and its members. We are encouraging both new and existing members to attend to contribute to and inform the role of the network.

The afternoon is designed to give you a well-rounded insight into inclusive dance in the North East, with expertise from leading organisations and practitioners, looking at fundraising, a successful project case study, practical delivery ideas as well as an opportunity to meet peer artists, makers and producers who are part of the NEIDN network. 

How do I book for Think Inclusive?
The event is free to attend, but spaces are limited. 
Please book via Eventbrite 
Please register and select the ticket type for the activity you would like to attend. We encourage you to attend all of the Think Inclusive activities if possible.

Think Inclusive Schedule
10:00am - 12noon: NEIDN Network meeting 
12noon - 12:45pm: Lunch (Provided) 
12:45pm - 2:00pm: Presentation on Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants delivered by Kristian Pellissier.  
2:00pm - 2:30pm: FRESH | NEIDN Platform & Performance by Becki Parker
2:30pm - 2:45pm: Coffee Break
2:45pm - 4:00pm: Practical Session about Inclusive Practice delivered by Lynn Campbell. 

(More information on each of the activities below)

Who is Think Inclusive for?
The event is for artists, recent graduates, companies, organisations and anyone interested in Thinking Inclusively about their work.
We are keen to ensure we have a real breadth of attendees at Think Inclusive with different backgrounds and connections to dance and other art forms in the room. 

Accessing Think Inclusive
The event will be BSL Interpreted.
Please let us know if you would like to attend and have any additional needs that we need to be made aware of.
There is also funding available for those who require support towards attending the event e.g. a contribution towards travel. Please contact Rachel and Hannah at Moving Art Management to discuss this further.

Everyone attending all or some of the day is invited to attend a complimentary lunch from 12noon – 12:45pm.  Please email Moving Art Management, in advance of the day, with any dietary requirements.


We really want to reach out to as many people as possible who might be interested in joining us for this event. Please share this opportunity widely with your networks.

We hope to see you there!

All the best,
Hannah and Rachel
Moving Art Management



More information about Think Inclusive

10:00am - 12noon: NEIDN Network meeting 
This networking meeting is a great opportunity for new and existing members to look back at the achievements of the network to date, reflect on the results of the recent questionnaire and collectively look at future thinking and ideas for the network and its members.

12noon -12:45pm: Lunch 
Provided (please email with any dietary requirements)

12:45pm – 2:00pm: Presentation on Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants delivered by Kristian Pellissier.  
Are you thinking of applying for a Project Grants to fund your project?  Are you a recent graduate looking to apply for funding for your work?  Are you wanting to make you work more accessible?  Are you a disabled artist or are you supporting a disabled artist who wants to apply for a Project Grants?  If you are, then this session is for you.  Kristian will deliver an Easy Read presentation covering what Project Grants funds, how you apply and what happens to your application. It also includes information on access support, and will also look at an example project.

2:00pm - 2:30pm: FRESH | NEIDN Platform & Performance by Becki Parker
Short introduction about the 2017 FRESH | NEIDN Platform and Becki Parker, who performed at this event. Becki will share an excerpt of her piece Hunting for the Unicorn which is supported by Project Grants and has recently been performed at FiraTàrrega, Barcelona.

2:30pm – 2:45pm: Coffee Break

2:45pm – 4:00pm – Practical Session about Inclusive Practice delivered by Lynn Campbell. 
Lynn will share a film about her latest aerial piece which included a residency at Thomas Bewick and talk about her experience involving the young people with additional needs there in the R and D. The session will also have a practical element so please bring clothing that you are comfortable moving in.

UNLIMITED - call for artists!

The next round of applications is now open for disabled artists and companies creating disability-led work based in the UK.

You can apply for up to £10,000 for Emerging Artists Awards and Research and Development Awards, and up to £80,000 for Main Commissions.

These include Partnership Awards with Farnham Maltings, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust, Forma, GOSH Arts and Wellcome Collection.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 29 October 2018.

Unlimited funds artists to create exceptional artworks – and we really want to reach out as many people as possible who might be interested in applying. Please share this opportunity widely with your networks using #UnlimitedCommissions.

Unlimited Symposium Live Stream

Unlimited are live streaming this weeks symposium via their website - 



Unlimited: The Symposium is a disabled-led, two-day discussion event aimed at both a national and international audience across the cultural sector. You can attend the event in person or engage in the discussion and debate online.

The Symposium takes places in the lead up to Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival – Wednesday 5 until Sunday 9 September 2018.

George Williams nominated for National Lottery Awards!

George Williams has reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards with his solo dance piece WIRED. To vote for George go to #NLAWired 

National Lottery Awards is the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery-funded projects – and now we are looking for help generating votes to help him win. He is nominated for his solo dance piece WIRED which was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England Grants for the Arts funding.


There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and voluntary/charity. 


The project with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive a £5,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering awards ceremony to be broadcast on BBC One on 26 September 2018.

Voting runs from 9am on 27 June until midnight on 27 July.

Read the Press Release here

FRESH | NEIDN call for new dance work now live! 

Moving Art Management (MAM) in partnership with the North East Inclusive Dance Network (NEIDN) are now seeking proposals from artists/companies with a learning disability and/or autism to share new dance work in progress at FRESH | NEIDN at Gosforth Civic Theatre, NE3 3HD on Wednesday 26 September 2018, 1pm – 3pm.

Click Find out more to see more information on the Moving Art Management website, or email

North East Dance Cooperative Seeks Dancers with ME/CFS

'We want to reach out to dancers who are affected by ME/CFS — please help us find them. Many may not have been able to dance for many years, yet #InsideWeAreStillDancers

If you would like to know more, please message us now 💙 (Click the button below)

#NorthEast #Dance #Cooperative #NEDC #MEAwarenessDay#MillionsMissing #WeSeeYou'

Sadlers Wells upcoming Experience Workshops for young dancers ages 16 - 19 and up to 24 for those with a learning disability

Botis Seva announced as the
2018-19 Guest Artistic Director for NYDC 

Come along to one of our workshops for your chance to work with him! 

  • Do you love dance?

  • Are you aged 16-18*, or 16- 24 if you are deaf or disabled?

  • Do you want to find out more about what it is like to be a professional dancer?

  • Would you love to be a part of the country's flagship youth dance company and work with inspiring artists?

Then register today!  

All NYDC Experience Workshops are free to attend but places must be booked in advance. Click here to register and ensure your place.

*age is flexible in certain circumstances, for more details visit 

Workshop Opportunity - ARC Stockton


Thursday 17th May

Studio Theatre

ARC Stockton (Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL)

Cost: FREE

Booking: to book a place please email



Kimberley Harvey


This 2-hour inclusive dance workshop for disabled and non-disabled young people and adults looks at themes around letters and letter-writing to explore how we want to communicate with each other as we move and dance together. As part of this workshop you'll also get to see an a short extract of the performance of 'Inky Matter' and get the opportunity to experience some of the creative tasks that Kimberley used to make the solo. No dance experience necessary, just come along and give it a try!


Kimberley Harvey started dancing in 2000 as an original member of Candoco Dance Company’s youth dance company, Cando2. Kimberley went onto further training with the company, firstly on Candoco’s Foundation Course in Dance for Disabled Students and then, on the three-year Moving Bodies programme for emerging artists. As a Candoco Artist, Kimberley performed at the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony and was part of the R&D for ‘Internal Rupture’ with fellow Candoco Artist, Welly O’Brien, with choreographer Caroline Bowditch. Kimberley has taught for Candoco in a variety of contexts, both in the UK and internationally. She also co-leads Candoco’s weekly youth session at Trinity Laban with Anne-Gaelle Thiriot. As a freelancer, Kimberley’s performance work currently includes dancing for all female dance-theatre company, Moxie Brawl. She is performing in two of the company’s current works, Windibops and Sitback. In addition, Kimberley has her own dance company, Subtle Kraft Co. Their work is fuelled by curiosity and a sense of humanity when working with relationships and the complexities of them.


This workshop is part of a TU 1 day festival for our dance and performing arts end of yr shows.


Are you a performer with a learning disability? Are you part of a learning disabled performance company or do you work regularly in the field? Then FORGE could be the event for you!

FORGE: Forging Ahead
11 May, 11:30am-4:30pm
for learning disabled performers, companies and their networks

Aimed at learning disabled performers, companies and their networks, Day 2: Forging Ahead will use creative and accessible means to explore the findings of FORGE: Forging Inclusive Programming taking place the previous day, where programmers and producers investigated perceived and potential barriers to inclusive programming.

Fun and creative as well as informative, this event seeks to find practical ways ahead in fostering more inclusive programming for the future.

Are you the next Snigel?! ​

Caroline Bowditch and Company are looking for a UK based, disabled performer of any gender identity, to take over the role of Snigel in Caroline’s work for babies aged 0-1, Snigel and Friends.

Created to address the lack of work for children featuring physically disabled performers, Snigel and Friends was created by Choreographer Caroline Bowditch and Designer Laura Hook in 2016 and has now toured extensively across the UK. Birds of Paradise, a disability led touring company based in Glasgow will be taking over the touring of Snigel and Friends and together we are looking to recast the role of Snigel to take advantage of the continued interest in touring the work in the UK and beyond.
Applicants should have experience and confidence in interactive performance and a genuine desire to work with babies.
In the first instance, interested applicants should send a short note of interest detailing their performing experience and a headshot to, applicants will then be asked to submit a casting video demonstrating specific skills. A full length film of the show is available for interested applicants to view.

The company will cover expenses for the audition​ workshop. Performance fees will be negotiated with the successful applicant on confirmation of touring dates.
Performer Specification
The next Snigel should have:

  • Experience of interactive performance

  • The ability to move across, and on and off a low platform unassisted

  • The ability to manipulate props

  • The ability to make sound including singing and character noises

  • A genuine desire to engage with babies

  • Confidence in interacting intelligently and improvising with babies during performance and at play session

  • Some musicality skills

  • Availability to audition in Glasgow on 21, 22, or 23 May.

PROPOSED AUDITION DATES: Audition is by invitation only.  Applicants must be available on Mon 21 / Tue 22 or Wed 23 May in Glasgow.
Caroline Bowditch and company reserve the right to cancel the application process at any time.

Local dancer needs your vote for Richard Branson's VOOM business platform!

Support NEIDN member Ashleigh Ritchie's business idea by voting for her VOOM project.


Ashleigh says ''My project provides education, inspiration and therapy through the use of dance.

Being a disabled person myself I have experienced first hand the lack of disability awareness of many people. When asked many people would agree that they could be made more aware of disabilities and the impact that disabilities have on day to day life. The lack of training opportunities and first hand experiences holds them back. Dance seems a natural way to help teach and entertain especially when performed by a mix of disabled and able bodied dancers.

Help me get my business in front of Richard Branson - hit the link to vote for me in @vmbusiness #Voom Pitch 2018: 

Invitation to take part in Inclusive Moves 2018

On Wednesday 27 June, TIN Arts in partnership with dancemiddlesbrough are presenting Inclusive Moves 2018, a showcase of high quality inclusive dance and performing arts work from individual artists and groups based across the North East of England. Inclusive Moves 2018 is part of a bigger programme of inclusive arts engagement work happening across the Tees Valley led by TIN Arts.


We are seeking expressions of interest from individuals or groups wishing to take part and present work created. All work should include performers with a disability and we accept work from integrated groups which includes non-disabled performers alongside performers with a disability. Piece should be no longer than 15 minutes in length and not require complex technical arrangements or fixed sets that cannot be moved.


Date:    Wednesday 27 June 2018

Venue: Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Times: Rehearsals from 1.00pm, Performance starts at 7.00pm


Although no performance fees are available, funding is in place to support individuals and groups with travel and access costs.


To register your interest email by Friday 4 May 2018 or for further information you can call Jo Turner on 0191 384 0728.

Talent Hub #JoinGeorge

TIN Arts are working in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, the Leeds-based dance development organisation, and are supported by Inclusion North, an organisation dedicated to making inclusion real for all people with a learning disability and their families.


The Talent Hub is looking for people who:

  • Have a learning disability, autism or both – with or without other disabilities.

  • Are aged 18 or over on 1 July 2018. 

  • Live in the North East of England or Yorkshire, although those living outside this area may be considered as part of the recruitment process under special circumstances.

  • Are passionate about dance and interested in developing a career in dance.


They may wish to be a dance performer or be keen to develop their own dance performance work. They may have done some dance training but need access to further training and focused support to enable progression.


Over the next two months, the Talent Hub will be accepting applications from dancers who’d like to “Join George”.


“George” is George Williams, from Thornaby in Stockton-on-Tees, who has worked with TIN Arts for several years. George was the first dancer with a severe learning disability to perform with the National Youth Dance Company and he has been appointed as the first member of the Talent Hub.


With funding from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund and from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Talent Hub aims to provide a step change for the sector, enabling dancers with a learning disability, autism or both to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers.


Dancers who would like to be considered for the Talent Hub are invited to submit a video of themselves dancing and to fill out an application form. Applications close on Friday 27 April.


Successful applicants will be invited to take part in one of two dance workshops in May, after which a final selection day will take place in June to pick the final ten members of the Talent Hub.


Over the two years, they will work together with leading choreographers to create new dance work which will be toured nationwide in 2020.


They will also receive individualised ‘wrap-around’ support where they live, alongside intensive periods of training together as a company.


More information is available at


A short promotional film featuring George is also available here –


Regular updates will also be posted on the Talent Hub facebook page and twitter feed @TalentHubDance


Please help us to reach as many dancers with a learning disability, autism or both as possible by sharing our news and promoting the facebook page and twitter feed.


If you have any questions or need further information about the Talent Hub, please contact Jo Turner, Project Coordinator by emailing or calling 0191 384 0728. 

North North Symposium with Headway Arts!

A national symposium bringing together artists and arts organisations for discussion, critical conversation and debate. 


Themes for the day:

What does quality mean for learning disabled artists? 

How can the status of artists who are learning disabled be raised? 

What can we do together to strengthen this sector? 


Guest speakers and exhibitions- 

Sarah Watson (Carousel, Oska Bright International Film Festival, South Bank Centre)

Gus Garside (Carousel, National Co-ordinator Creative Minds)

Geof Keys (Queen's Hall Arts, Hexham)

Prism Arts (Carlisle)

Fulcrum (Multimedia Installation)

Hold Your Peace (New drama from Headway Arts Inclusive Theatre Co. Directed by Allie Walton-Robson. Script Consultant Dave Napthine)

PrintAble (Exhibition of print/design)

Date & Time:

Tue 6 March 2018

10:00 – 15:30


Headway Arts

The Old Church, Waterloo Road 


NE24 1BY

Dancers needed for Magic Weekend 2018!

Performance Opportunity #MagicWeekend2018

Are you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity for yourself or your dance students? Look no further!

Join the Momentum are now accepting groups to sign up to perform at Magic Weekend 2018 at St James Park Newcastle!

The event is on Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May - you can choose which day you perform.


Please email for more information and to get involved.

Headway Arts Crowdfunder - show your support!

Exciting news, Headway Arts are now crowdfunding for Come On Down, a festival of inspiring performing arts for and by learning disabled people. They have some fantastic rewards and will greatly appreciate all donations.

Please share and help us spread the word about this amazing event!

To find out more or to make a donation visit:


Here are some of the images from FRESH | NEIDN at Gosforth Civic Theatre.  

Artists sharing work were Becki Parker, Liberdade and NYDC/Corali.

Photography by Anna Miller.

Starry Night Christmas Social

Starry Night Christmas Social - Headway Arts, 7th December for people with a learning disability aged 16 and over. The evening will run from 7pm-9.30pm, there will be music from DJ Spikey, dancing, games and more... #Christmasiscoming

Kelly Abbott Dance Company seeks community cast!

Sunderland Stages are working with Kelly Abbott Dance Company- bringing the dance show Launch Day to Sunderland on 15th November and we are looking for community cast members to join the cast…..

The peformance brings Alexander Millar’s paintings of the working man hard at graft and the iconic characters known as “Gadgies” to life; this quirky dance production re-imagines Millar’s paintings and celebrates the industrial glory, culture, camaraderie and vibrancy of shipbuilding towns.

We are on the hunt for community cast members to be a part of the show on 15th November at Sunderland College. 

We are seeking participants male/female 18yrs+ to take part onstage alongside the professional dancers in the character roles of 'gadgies'. 

No dance experience necessary but lots of passion and enthusiasm crucial. An interest in theatre, dance and performance would be useful. 

Participants will embody the character of the shipbuilders/gadgies and learn some simple pedestrian movement. The participants will take part in three scenes - the opening, the football scene and the pub scene. 

Come along to the taster workshop on Sunday 5th November 10am – 1pm at Sunderland College and see what it’s all about. We will then select ten participants from this taster. The successful participants will be asked to attend a full-day workshop on 12th November 10am-3pm at Sunderland College to rehearse their role in the show on 15th November. 

This is an exciting opportunity for those who have always fancied trying their hand at performing onstage.

Please register your interest by midday 1st November via emailing Sunderland Stages - 

The Launch Day event page:

Bad Taste Cru & Lawnmowers Host Open Jam As Part Of Just Jam`s 10th Anniversary!

Friday 20 Oct 2017 at Gosforth Civic Theatre 10-5pm.  The event is free.

The day will start with workshops from DJ Timber and international break dance artists Ken Swift (USA), Redo (Holland) and Freeze (Sweden).  We will break for lunch at 1-2pm, there is a cafe at the venue. Then open up the afternoon 2-5pm with a Jam for all the groups that have taken part in the morning and some more invited guests that are attending in the afternoon.  It should be a fantastic day and a great opportunity to work with some of the worlds best Hip Hop artists. 

Anyone who is interested in joining please RSVP to Lawnmowers by Friday 13 October 2017 -

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