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Project information

Supporting Cando2 - Candoco's youth dance company

Many disabled young people are excluded from participation in dance activities. Cando2 addresses this, providing dance and performance opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people aged 13-25, exploring what dance can be.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company logo
  • Need


    Candoco advocates for a change in attitudes and perceptions of who can dance. Currently, there is a gap in high quality dance provision for young disabled people which means very few can pursue a leisure or vocational interest in dance. We want to provide an environment in which disabled and non-disabled young people have the opportunity to dance and perform together.


    Cando2 offers young disabled and non-disabled people inclusive dance opportunities in London through weekly dance classes. By joining Cando2, participants have improved access to high quality dance; opportunities to perform publicly together; training; and improved health and well-being. Sessions are led by disabled and non-disabled dance artists, with over twenty years of experience between them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To deliver high quality dance experiences for disabled and non-disabled participants


    » Weekly classes over 3 terms for up to 30 disabled & non-disabled young people
    » Up to 8 public performances per year

    What success will look like

    Cando2 participants co-create and design choreography for performance; Cando2 is invited to perform work in iconic venues like the Queen Elizabeth Hall or the Tower of London

    Aim 2

    Increase opportunities for disabled young people to take part in dance


    » Weekly classes over 3 terms for up to 30 disabled & non-disabled young people
    » Up to 8 public performances per year

    What success will look like

    50% or more of the class identify as disabled; participants sign-posted to further training opportunities; participants take part in large-sale or high-profile dance performances

    Aim 3

    Improve health, wellbeing and team spirit amongst participants


    » Weekly classes over 3 terms for up to 30 disabled & non-disabled young people

    What success will look like

    Teaching and support staff will report that participants have increased stamina, engagement, and show evidence of improved life skills like communication and teamwork

  • Impact


    Participants from previous years of Cando2 have shown significant developments in their dance and creative skills; increased confidence, independence and improved life skills including communication, decision making, team work and taking instruction. Once young people have experienced dance training in an inclusive environment, their perception of who can dance and how dance can be taught will change and they will feel encouraged to seek out further inclusive opportunities.


    The nature of working in an inclusive environment demands that Candoco fully supports the participation of all disabled and non-disabled young people. Participants can have wide ranging and diverse needs requiring specific facilities to provide the best experience for the participant. We mitigate this risk by providing taster sessions in order to understand a participant's needs before they begin and plan for bespoke support, e.g. 1-2-1 assistance.


    We will create a report and thanks letter for donors as well as providing opportunities to watch performances or open rehearsals.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,228

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,660 class leaders holding 60 weekly classes
      £2,000 choreographer commission for performance
      £9,978 organisation costs project mgt and admin
      £2,700 support assistants for 60 weekly classes
      £2,640 space hire for classes
      £600 costumes for 60 dancers
      £1,650 transportation for assisting participants & volunteers
      £1,000 documentary film for website & other use
  • Background


    Up to 30 participants at two different locations will take part: The Place, Euston and Trinity Laban, Greenwich. The young people who take part are drawn from boroughs across London.


    30 young people who are disabled and non-disabled; approximately 2000 members of the public watching performances including parents, friends and other family members related to participants.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Candoco Dance Company is a professional
    company of disabled and non-disabled dancers formed in 1991. Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders of inclusive dance practice, we create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability, and place people and collaboration at the heart of our work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ellie Douglas-Allan

    Learning Producer

    Kimberley Harvey

    Candoco Artist, has been leading sessions at Trinity Laban for six years

    Sarah Blanc

    Candoco Artist, has been leading sessions at The Place for ten years

I saw Cando2 perform recently at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I was blown away by the performance. It’s the first time I’ve seen a genuinely collaborative inclusive show that doesn’t patronise and has such high performance value. It was very beautiful...

Cando2 audience member