The Working Group’s Statement

Candoco Dance Company, Corali, People Dancing, Stopgap Dance Company and TIN Arts
Candoco Dance Company, Corali, People Dancing, Stopgap Dance Company and TIN Arts are co-collaborators in a shared enquiry and Working Group to challenge ourselves and others to increase and sustain the presence and representation by disabled people* in the dance workforce and its leadership.

We mean business.

The Working Group will act with focus and solidarity through long-standing shared histories and collaborations to:

– Strengthen and renew connections, practices and shared project activities;
– Amplify diverse voices, and engage widely in dialogue;
– Catalyse change, influence and activism with new thinking, critical reflection
and tangible actions.


The Working Group
September 2023

(Working Group members are all National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) of Arts
Council England).

* For the purposes of this document when using the term ‘disabled people’ we mean this to include but not be limited to, people who define as D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, or who are chronically ill, have a learning disability or live with impairments or mental health conditions. We also understand that our terminology and language may not fully represent or be the preferred descriptive definition for all individuals who define as having a disability, condition or impairment.

The Working Group are inviting researchers, organisations and or research agencies to tender, to help us make lasting change for disabled people working in dance.

Supported by Arts Council England, we have launched a new national research programme that aims to identify the barriers to progression and employment for disabled people in the dance sector. For more information on the tender, including full details of the brief, accessible translations and how to apply, please visit the People Dancing website.

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