13 million people in the UK has a disability – that’s almost 1 in 5 people. Step Change Studios is committed to making dance accessible to as many people as we can.
The benefits of dance to health and wellbeing are well documented. It’s a fantastic form of expression, can help manage mental health, develops social interaction, improves fitness and confidence, and increases creativity and imagination.
Step Change provides dance opportunities for children, young people and adults in schools and colleges, social and healthcare settings, community centres and other community settings.
We tailor our approach to meet all ages and abilities. We can run regular dance sessions; a programme of classes culminating in a performance; prepare groups and individuals for special events or create events - such as a 'Strictly' style friendly competition; chair-based dance sessions; sensory-sensitive instruction; identify and develop potential; and provide performance and competitive pathways for individuals and groups.
A few examples our work include:
- A half day college workshop for students with disabilities
- Regular classes for children with disabilities in schools
- training and supporting people with disabilities to perform the first inclusive 'Dance Westminster' competition
- Dance workshops supporting wheelchair and non-wheelchair users to dance together
- Performing Latin and Ballroom showcases and facilitating inclusive social dances
- Community centre-based dance classes for older people with dementia
- Chair-based danced activity in hospital settings for patients with life-limiting conditions
- Presenting inclusive dance at major cultural and arts festivals including the iconic Royal Festival Hall, & UK Design Museum.