There are 11.9 million disabled people in the UK – that’s almost 1 in 5 people. Step Change is committed to making dance accessible to as many people as possible. In fact, the idea to set up Step Change was
inspired by performing and running workshops at numerous organisations which support people with disabilities and the resulting demand to provide more inclusive dance opportunities.
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 different demographics, needs and capabilities. 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 for people with sensory impairments; identify and develop potential, and provide performance and competitive pathways for individuals and groups.
A few examples our work include:
- A half day workshop based at a college for learners with disabilities
- training and supporting people with learning disabilities to perform in a 'Strictly' dance competition at a London theatre
- Inclusive wheelchair dance workshops, supporting wheelchair and non-wheelchair users to dance together
- Performing Latin and Ballroom showcases at tea dances and supporting people of different abilities to dance
- Community Centre-based dance classes for older people with dementia
- Chair-based danced activity in a hospital setting for patients with Cancer
- Wheelchair and inclusive dance tasters and performances at sports and arts festivals.