13.9 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, or a programme of classes culminating in a performance; prepare groups and individuals for specific events or create special events - such as a 'Strictly' inspired 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
- Weekly specialist classes for children with disabilities in SEN schools
- Creating and delivering the first inclusive 'Dance Westminster' competition
- Dance workshops supporting wheelchair and non-wheelchair users to dance and perform together
- Latin and Ballroom dance showcases and facilitating inclusive tea dances
- Community centre-based dance classes for older people with dementia and their friends/relatives
- Chair-based danced activity in hospital settings for patients with life-limiting conditions
- Inclusive dance performances at major cultural and arts festivals including the iconic Royal Festival Hall, & National Theatre.