New Sussex film to promote inclusive (disability) dance

Brighton-based Parable Dance are premiering their new inclusive (disability) dance film.

Parable Dance new film

They secured Arts Council England funding to create the film bringing together 42 of the UK’s most experienced inclusive (disability) dance artists and companies.

Parable Dance’s artistic directors Natasha Britton and Erica Moshman were behind the film which is titled Inclusive Practice Is Good Practice.

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It is a one-and-a-quarter-hour resource offering advice when teaching dance to people with disabilities. The film brings together the voices of 42 disabled and non-disabled dance practitioners, including representation from 23 inclusive dance companies and features eight disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Companies featured include those well known for championing inclusion such as Candoco Dance Company, Stopgap Dance Company and Para Dance UK.

This is the first time the inclusive dance community has come together in this way. The film will be premiered on Parable Dance’s YouTube channel from 7pm on March 10.

Natasha Britton, Parable Dance artistic director, said: “The film is aimed at anyone wanting to develop their inclusive dance skills, and particularly at university students, new graduates and early-career dance artists both with and without disabilities, who have been missing out on work experience opportunities due to the pandemic.

“The speakers offer advice to people starting out, talk about their approaches, how to ensure access in dance classes and offer top tips for teaching. It will be available for free for years to come to help steer new inclusive dance artists in their career.

“A positive outcome of this past year is that artists and companies have been connecting to share their collective voices more and to advocate for the arts to not only survive but to thrive. We were keen to harness this wish to collaborate by bringing together some of the most experienced inclusive dance artists and companies from around the UK to make this film.”

Dance student Millie Kingsnorth added: “Finding a pathway into inclusive dance is difficult at the best of times, let alone in the current climate. Having diversity and inclusion at the heart of teaching is invaluable because it makes these aspects a priority, not a second thought.”