A dance charity that delivers inclusive dance workshops has won a national people’s choice award.

DanceSyndrome, which is based at Waterside in Accrington, Lancashire, won the People's Choice Award at the One Dance UK Awards, in an online awards ceremony which took place on Friday November 19.

The charity, which offers inclusive dance workshops and dance leadership training, 'puts a focus on ability rather than disability’.

Its inclusive approach was recognised at the One Dance UK Awards in the only category that is voted for by the public.

All the the DanceSyndrome team came together via a Zoom watch party to celebrate the announcement of the award

DanceSyndrome managing director Julie Nicholson said the team ‘were ecstatic with the result’.

She said: “The DanceSyndrome Team are absolutely thrilled to receive the People's Choice Awards.

"It makes us especially proud that this was chosen by a public vote.

“It is so encouraging for us all to know that we have such an incredible public following who value our work so much.

“To win a prestigious award like this at a national level, and in a mainstream dance awards ceremony is testament to the hard work and determination of our team who have responded to the pandemic in a positive way and it is truly well deserved!”

The One Dance UK Awards are an annual celebration for people from across the dance sector to unite, celebrate, acknowledge, and reward the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape.

DanceSyndrome was founded by Jen Blackwell, who happens to have Down's syndrome, because she found it difficult to find job opportunities in community dance due to her disability.

The charity’s ethos is that disability should never be a barrier to following your dreams.

Dancers with and without disabilities work together and all sessions sessions are disability jointly led, with people with learning disabilities taking visible dance leader roles working together with professional dance artists.

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