Co Motion brings together major disability dance and arts organisations

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The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership is hosting the thirdCo Motiondance event this month (26 March 2013), an exciting evening of inclusive contemporary dance performances by young local people at the Laban Theatre in Deptford.

The evening will include a collaborative work by the Youth Dance Companies from Candoco and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Other groups taking part are Dance Ability and Magpie Dance, as well as local special schools; and a film featuring the Dance Ability youngsters will also be shown.

Co Motion was introduced in 2009 as a spin off from Trinity Laban's Lewisham Dance Showcase to offer disabled young dancers a suitable platform to participate in with good accessibility. The performances have mostly been specially commissioned by Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation (Dance) Department

The Dance Ability group is a Trinity Laban project for 5-12 year olds with physical and/or learning disabilities and their siblings to experience, explore and create movement together in the Dance Faculty's safe and fully inclusive environment. Under the guidance of a specialist dance artist, support workers and a team of volunteers, the children engage in playful activities that support future functioning, learning and health.

Bromley-based Magpie Dance, founded in 1986 by Artistic Director, Avril Hitman, is a contemporary dance company for learning disabled dance and has a national reputation for its exciting and inspiring approach to inclusive and creative dance.

Candoco Dance Company celebrates over 20 years challenging preconceptions about who can dance and what dance might be. The company has developed a bold concept of inclusion, which stems from a commitment to excellence in dance, making it an international leader in working with disabled and non-disabled dancers at a professional level.

Kat Bridge, Interim Artistic Director at Greenwich Dance, said: "We are very excited that our new partnership with Trinity Laban enables us to extend this fantastic opportunity to schools in Greenwich this year. It will be really inspiring for pupils from Thomas Tallis Secondary School, Willow Dene Primary Special School and Thorntree Primary School to be performing alongside internationally acclaimed companies who are leading the field in inclusive dance."

Veronica Jobbins, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance), at Trinity Laban, said: "Trinity Laban is delighted to be producing Co Motion this year with Greenwich Dance. This unique event will celebrate the achievements of many young people and has developed a reputation for being one of our most enjoyable and memorable performances of the year."

A dynamic partnership has been created by Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban to provide ground-breaking dance performance, bespoke support for dance artists and an all-embracing programme of community and education work across South East London. The Partnership attracts National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England.

Candoco, Greenwich Dance, Magpie Dance and Trinity Laban have also formed a consortium to further develop the delivery and activity of accessible dance for young people across South East London.

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