Remote Inclusive Dance Activity
As the current pandemic continues we are looking at more ways to look after our wellbeing and keep moving.
This page lists all of the current opportunities to get involved, whether that be through Facebook live’s, pre-recorded videos to do in your own time, or even some zoom sessions you will find all the details below.
A short promotional clip and our disclaimer can be found at the bottom of the page.
Join us Live on Facebook!
We would like to invite you to join us live on Facebook for inclusive dance sessions that you can do at home. As the Facebook sessions will be streamed live, you can join in with the virtual dance session and interact with our instructors and other participants using the comment function.
Feel Good Thursday, Inclusive Dance Session @1PM on Facebook!
Come along and get involved with some feel-good inclusive dancing, all aimed to help you maintain activity while being at home, enjoy some time dancing with others and lift your spirits.
We have set up the sessions as events on our Facebook page, so the sessions can go straight into your Facebook calendar once you join, link to our events page here: https://www.facebook.com/ParaDanceUK/events/
All live sessions are recorded and automatically saved, so if you miss a session, you can always take part another time, just go to our Facebook page to find the session videos.
Pre-Recorded Video Links
During this pandemic, access to dance and physical activity has been so very different, There are many athletes and participants home shielding earlier and for longer than the rest of the UK we’ve been working hard to source funding and create content to keep everyone dancing.
We are firm believers that no matter your age or ability music and dance improve mental and physical wellbeing!
We are pleased to be able to continue our funded sessions for you to view within your own setting, whether that is your home, a residential facility, or day service you work at to get yourself and your service users dancing!
To receive these sessions please sign up for our newsletter here: https://paradance.org.uk/dance/membership/
Tour of the Floor
Thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund we can continue to be #HereForCulture. Para Dance UK are thrilled to have launched a new programme, specially designed for social dancers, on getting back into inclusive dance. Tour Of The Floor will let you explore different dance genres from all over the world and will help get you dancing again in a fun and safe way.
The super flexible programme is made up of different mini-courses with videos for you to join in with. These videos are full sessions in different genres and all have a warm up, routine and cool down. You can do these videos over and over again if you like!
You can also get creative with Tour Of The Floor with the downloadable resources, by making your own passport with all the stamps relating to the different dance session videos! You might want to build your own dance calendar to give yourself sessions to look forward to, or keep a journal on your journey back into dance.
To sign up for this amazing opportunity, please email email@example.com with your name and the email address you’d like to use for your Litmos account. We’ll reply to your email with a confirmation and we will attach our helpful Litmos user guide and an outline of what you’ll need to access the programme.
If you’re an athlete and currently use Litmos to access our competitor programme Fit For The Floor, please email us, as we’ll need to manually add you to the Tour Of The Floor programme.
To make sure you don’t miss your Litmos log in emails and any course related messages, go to your email account and add firstname.lastname@example.org to any email spam filters you have and/or your contacts list, as all communications will come from that email address.
Fit for the Floor
We’ve worked in collaboration with disabled and non-disabled practitioners in the fitness, wellbeing and Dance Sport industries to give athletes a unique programme for getting back into Para Dance Sport after a lengthy time away from training and competitions due to Coronavirus. This has been made possible with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Designed to assist athletes in getting active and fit for when they can return to competition training, the super flexible online programme is made up of different mini-courses, including two body and mind fitness courses with videos for athletes to join in with. These videos are to help increase fitness, strength and stamina and also to help athletes focus, unwind and relax. Athletes can go back and do these videos, again and again, to get competition-ready!
This is open to our Instructors and Competitive Athletes https://paradance.org.uk/dance-sport/competing/
Thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Para Dance UK is delighted to have been able to produce a series of free recorded inclusive dance sessions for members of the Armed Forces community and their families. The sessions are aimed at promoting positive health and wellbeing and have been filmed as a mixture of seated and standing sessions, but can all be danced the other way around, so everyone can join in.
The videos are of non-genre dance and begin with a warm-up, followed by a routine and end with a cool down.
To sign up to receive the video links straight to your inbox all you need to do is visit our Eventbrite page: https://armedforcesdancevideos.eventbrite.co.uk click Register and fill out our short form. You will then receive an email from Eventbrite which will send you all of the links to the videos which you will need to copy and paste into your browser to use at your own convenience and to keep you uplifted and moving.
Culture Recovery Fund
Thanks to the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund Para Dance UK is excited to continue to be #HereForCulture and spread some dancing joy.
We are releasing a series of 15 FREE pre-recorded inclusive dance videos, aimed at promoting older people’s positive health and wellbeing that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Our dance videos are aimed at those aged 55+ and are perfect for:
- People wanting to try dance for the first time.
- People who have danced before but just want to add some fun into their day
- People with disabilities.
- Settings for older people.
- Organisations or charities with a network of older people.
Each session is either a warm-up and a routine or a routine and a cool down with classics from; Barrett Strong, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Tom Jones, T.Rex. Nora Aunor, The Drifters, Baccara, Sam Cooke, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Bucks Fizz, Otis Redding, Gerry & the Pacemaker and, Simon & Garfunkel. We hope that our videos will uplift and inspire you bringing some dancing joy to your day.
To receive the videos
The videos are completely free, all you need to do to receive them is visit: https://paradanceukhappydancevideos.eventbrite.co.uk click Register and fill out our short form. A confirmation email will then be sent to your inbox with all of the confirmation links to the videos that you can copy and paste into your browser to get you dancing.
Children In Need
Thanks to funding from the wonderful Children in Need, Para Dance UK is delighted to be able to offer children with physical or mental disabilities and/or special educational needs living in the Hertfordshire area two amazing opportunities to improve general fitness and mental wellbeing.
Visit our Eventbrite page and sign up for 10 weeks of free pre-recorded inclusive dance videos that will be sent straight to your inbox.
Harrow Arts Centre
Are you local to Harrow, Middlesex? Want to dance?
It will enable families with children who have disabilities to take part in a weekly social and freestyle mixed dance class, right from the comfort of your home. These dance workshops are suitable for individuals that have mobility aids.
Dance Club for Children and Young Adults
Back by popular demand!
Keep your kids smiling with our fun, FREE, creative and inclusive dance club for children and young adults with physical or mental disabilities and/or special education needs in the Hertfordshire or South East England.
Thanks to funding from the Building Communities Fund National Lottery and Hertfordshire Community Foundation our dance club is completely free to sign up to. It will be launched w/c 14th June 2021 and continue for the next six weeks on the following days.
Primary (5 – 11 years)
Tuesday (16:15 – 17:00)
Secondary (12 – 16 years)
Wednesday (16:30 – 17:15)
Young Adults (17 – 24 years)
We are currently at an expression of interest for this age group. See how to book
The sessions will be full of fun filled dance moves to help improve physical development, enhance learning skills and most importantly provide a safe environment (virtually) for the children and young adults to have some fun!
Our dance teacher Selina is fabulously friendly, great with children and passionate about dance
Each week we will be learning groovy moves to create exciting dynamic routines, covering a wide variety of styles and popular tunes on our weekly journey. We will learn something new every week as well as polish and perfect routines we have already learnt.
How to book
To book a place for your child please fill out the attached parental consent form and send back to Selina Johnson our Children’s Officer at Para Dance UK at email@example.com Selina will then get in touch with you with the next steps.
*Please note spaces for our after-school club are limited to 15 children for each class. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so get in touch with us now so you don’t miss out!
We are currently opening up an expression of interest for this age group. If you are between 17-24 years and would be interested in joining please visit https://paradanceukdanceclubyoungadults.eventbrite.co.uk to express your interest.
Local and National Inclusive Dance Days
Remote Inclusive Dance Day
Friday 6th August 2021
Thanks to funding from L & Q Foundation we are excited to be able to spread some dancing joy by offering you a Free Remote Inclusive Day of Dance which will be held over zoom on Friday 6th August 2021. The day is completely free to join and is open to those who live or work in London.
What is on offer?
10:00 - 11:00 Street Dance with MJ
11:00 - 12:00 Contemporary with Lucy
12:00 - 12:30 Break
12:30 - 13:30 Latin with Emma
13:30 - 14:30 Musical Theatre with Ruby
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 15:45 Non-genre with Selina
To book your place visit: https://virtualinclusivedayofdance.eventbrite.co.uk
Affiliated Instructor Sessions
Dance Card Resources
Para Dance UK the NGB for Para Dance Sport and Inclusive Dance and LimbPower the National Disability Sports Organisation for amputees and individuals with limb impairments have come together with Youth Sport Trust to enable more of our community to dance, using the knowledge of both organisations we have developed materials for children, young people and the wider community that may not or cannot get out into the community, but still want to keep active.
The four dance cards have been developed so they can be used by an individual or in a school or community setting and involves engaging and easy to follow routines that are accessible and fun. They support strength, balance, and flexibility and help to improve energy levels and mood. Each one is adaptable to an individual’s abilities, so people can simply take them at their own pace.