e1DANCE students at a York university took part in a special training course to learn how to be more inclusive in their work.

Stopgap Dance Company hosted the two-day course on inclusive dance and disability at York St John University, involving students, staff and dancers.

Nicola Forshaw, head of the dance programme, said the group was grateful to the university for hosting them, and the event had been a success.

She said: “This event was hosted by the dance department at York St John as part of their commitment to increasing accessibility. The event involved York St John dance students, staff and dance practitioners from all over the region.

“Inclusive dance is an area of growing importance recognised by an increase in government and private trust funding in the last year.”

Nicola said that as part of their courses, the dance students learn how to be inclusive with disabled dancers and involve the community in their work.

She said: “Many move into employment on graduating as skilled practitioners ready to take on increasing opportunities in this area.”

The event looked at encouraging participants to be creative and curious, and nurturing disabled dancers and encouraging more to go professional.

Stopgap are experts of inclusive choreography and has extensive experience of nurturing disabled and non-disabled artists for making inclusive works.

York Press