Docu-films in the running for national awards

Two films about a Lancashire dance troupe are up for national recognition.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 30th October 2017, 2:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:21 pm
Chorley dancer Jen Blackwell founder of DanceSyndrome
Chorley dancer Jen Blackwell founder of DanceSyndrome

The documentaries are about DanceSyndrome, founded by Chorley dancer Jen Blackwell, who has Down’s Syndrome.

Student Jennifer Smith’s film ‘DanceSyndrome: Dream, Believe, Achieve’ and ‘Superabled’ by filmmaker Natalie Kennedy have both been nomination for the Charity Film Awards.

DanceSyndrome managing director Dawn Vickers said: “DanceSyndrome is so lucky to have had the opportunity to be involved with both of these amazing film-makers.

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“Both films are incredibly powerful and really help us to show people how important our work is and to help people to understand why we exist as a charity.”

Superabled follows Jen as she goes about her daily activities. It features interviews with Jen and her friends and family about the impact of being involved with DanceSyndrome and the result is a touching and heartfelt story about love, friendship and inclusion.

DanceSyndrome: Dream, Believe, Achieve, which has won a Mencap Journalism Award, addresses the chronic loneliness that some people with learning disabilities experience.

The film shows how DanceSyndrome focuses on ability rather than disability, striving to make sure all participants are included.

DanceSyndrome is a multi-award winning dance charity that delivers inclusive dance workshops and dance leadership training. Dancers have even performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

To vote for DanceSyndrome, which delivers inclusive dance workshops and dance leadership training, go to Voting closes on December 15. Winners will be announced at a red carpet award ceremony in London in March 2018.