11 Million Reasons to Dance

Peter Lathan

11 Million Reasons to Dance, a photographic and video exhibition at Newcastle’s Dance City celebrating deaf and disabled people who dance, will run until 21 October.

The exhibition aims to bring about a change in the perception of those who participate in dance. Those who appear in the exhibition are deaf and disabled people for whom dance is a large part of their lives, whether professionally or vocationally. They are of all ages and range from those dancing at school or in youth groups to adults who dance in their local communities and through to leading disabled choreographers and professional dancers in the UK.

Funding from Unlimited Impact meant that People Dancing, the UK development organisation and membership body for those involved in creating opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance, was able to commission emerging photographer Sean Goldthorpe to create twenty high quality images of deaf and disabled people who dance, inspired by iconic dance moments from film.

TIN Arts, which brought the exhibition to Newcastle, is a leading inclusive dance organisation based in Durham City and operating throughout the North East. It offers dance and wider performing arts activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in schools, community settings and their own dance space.

Admission is free and the exhibition is open during Dance City opening times. The exhibition will be shown in Middlesbrough at Teesside University from 24 October 2017.