Inclusive SEND Dance Workshops (12-25)

The Dance Space, Circus Street, Brighton

Your mentors

Parable Dance

Natasha Britton

Location address: Brighton , BN29AS
Chosen age group:

For ages: 12 - 25 years and adults years

Available tickets:
4 days £203 days £15
Next date: Tuesday 30th Jul,
What we'll do
Our dance workshops are taught with an emphasis on ability not disability. Participants are encouraged to share their creative ideas working together as a supportive group encouraging; self-awareness, cooperation, confidence and communication skills. We have a team of trained dance teachers with an inclusive dance specialism, who deliver our workshops and we also have several dance artists with learning disabilities who work for us to team teach/support classes where possible. Two of our dance teachers will be leading these workshops. In terms of content, we deliver sessions which are participant led, guided by our team. All ideas come from the young people we work with so that they feel ownership in the session. It’s very much a person centred approach. We sometimes use a theme as a way of accessing dance and sometimes we just dance for fun! We will work on dance ideas from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm each day with a sociable lunch break between. If the length of the day is a barrier, please feel free to book and just attend half days (but please let us know so that we have an awareness of numbers). You are welcome to drop participants for the duration of the day if you feel they will cope with this. We also welcome you to start in the room with us and gradually remove yourself... whatever your young person needs. We can work together to make it the right fit. We ask that if your young person requires individual support, that you/their support staff attend and join in too, as we do not have the capacity to provide one to one support. We also cannot provide any personal care. We like to show friends and family what we have been up to and invite you to come along to collect 20 minutes early on the last day to watch!
About your mentors
Parable Dance
Inclusive dance for people with disabilities
At Parable Dance, we want everyone to have access to art and to work inclusively. We believe that dance has the ability to unite communities, develop confidence, and maximise mental and physical health and wellbeing. People of all ages with disabilities and neurodiversity engaging in our dance workshops have the opportunity to be creative, active, and social. Everyone has a unique ability. We hold the following values: ACCESSIBILITY To make dance available for people with disabilities who may have limited –if any– access to dance, art, and community. INCLUSIVITY Leaders facilitate and guide classes rather than teach in order to enable a focus on ability rather than disability. All participants’ ideas are respected and everyone contributes to create a dance piece. Movements are therefore suitable for every 'body'. PROGRESSION Guided by our facilitators, participants learn dance technique, performance skills and create choreography. DEVELOPMENT Training schemes and consultations to enable other artists and teachers to develop their skills in inclusive practice. ENJOYMENT To offer enriching social experiences through fun and engaging dance workshops.
Natasha Britton
Co Founder & Artistic Director
Natasha has been working as a freelance inclusive dance Practitioner, Project Manager and Education Consultant since 2000. Natasha is Co-Founder of Parable Dance and Artistic Director of Parable Dance UK, a community interest company providing inclusive dance workshops in the South East of England and training worldwide. Forming in 2019, Natasha and Co-Founder Erica Moshman created an award-winning film resource about inclusive dance teaching. Following on from this they developed bespoke training programmes including a tour of UK universities and a mentoring programme for early career inclusive dancers. Natasha also runs Parable’s weekly classes, outreach workshops and monthly networks. Natasha specialises in delivering high quality dance classes to people with and without disabilities and in designing and delivering training and mentoring to enable others to develop their skills of inclusion. She was honoured with a British Citizen Award in 2022 for her contribution to the arts. Natasha won the National Lifetime Achievement Award at The She Inspires Awards in November 2022. In 2023, she was also shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Autism Hero Awards and the Outstanding Contribution Award at The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards. Natasha received a Jack Petchey Leader Award (2015) and the YEAUK Visionary Director Award (2018). Natasha is passionate about provision of arts education for all and has dedicated most of her work to the development of inclusive dance.   
Annie Waller
Lead Artist
Annie graduated from the University of Surrey in 2009 with a BA Hons Dance and Culture Degree. During her time at university she discovered a strong interest for inclusive dance, and she has been working as a freelance dance practitioner since 2011. Since 2012, Annie’s main focus has been on teaching in the community and inclusive settings. Annie has delivered on numerous projects across the South East as a freelancer, facilitating weekly sessions for SEN students in a mainstream school that culminated in a performance for the rest of the school. She has also worked for Rounded Rhythm, where she assisted on delivering inclusive dance sessions. As well as delivering numerous sessions in the community, she also choreographed a musical for a hospice in Brighton to raise much needed funds. Annie strongly believes in the positive impact dance in the community can have on people’s lives. She believes that the arts should be for everyone and believes that dance at its core is inclusive. Her practice and delivery style is fun and playful, and she strongly believes in people’s ability to push themselves and move to the best of their ability. Annie has received both a Jack Petchy Leader Award (2016) and YEAUK Best Teacher (2019) for her teaching.
Holly Warren
Associate Artist
Holly is a community dance artist based in Brighton. Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2002, she has worked in a variety of educational and community settings in London and the South East. Holly has a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary) as a Dance Specialist and has worked in Secondary schools delivering KS3, GCSE, BTEC and ALevel Dance in established dance departments, as well as delivering extensive extra curricular dance offerings and performance opportunities for Students. Holly is the founder and Artistic Director of Creative Dance Club, Brighton. Offering creative dance and contemporary classes, themed school workshops, after School and Holiday Clubs to children aged 4-11 years, to find their inner creativity through a holistic and inclusive approach. As well as this, Holly co leads Head-Strong and Spot:Light youth dance groups as well as the junior and senior contemporary dance technique and pre-school dance classes in Ringmer. Holly offers inclusive dance workshops within the community and currently works with Grace Eyre in Brighton on their weekly active lives sessions.
Katharine Le Roux
Associate Artist
Katharine is a freelance dance artist and teaches a variety of contemporary and creative classes across Sussex and London. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2015, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance. Following this she completed a Specialist Diploma Choreological Studies from Laban and performed with TenOverSix Dance Company. Katharine specialises in inclusive practice and is a facilitator for Magpie Dance. She has also worked as a freelance dance teacher for Arts Odyssey, Trinity Laban and Rounded Rhythm. Prior to this she assisted with inclusive dance classes in Newcastle and London, including a placement with Candoco Dance Company. She was awarded the Jack Petchy Leader Award (2020). Katharine also has specialist training in Dance for Parkinson’s and is co-founder of Dance for Parkinson’s Brighton. She has been on the committee of Sussex Dance Network and has been involved with a variety of artistic projects in Sussex, including exploring the interface between dance and photography.
Do you have any reservations?
As previously stated, our trained associate artists are specialists in their field and have decades of experience between them. They are used to meeting a range of needs including neurodiversity, learning disabilities and physical disabilities. We have been running weekly youth and adult dance classes for several years and have been recognised for these across many local and national awards, newspapers, organisations and funding bodies. You may be worried about whether your young person will join in. Don’t worry! We’re used to finding ways of engaging the young people we work with that suit them and ensuring they feel welcome and valued in the space. All the dance ideas we use come from them and are celebrated! We are here to help and support our participants to get the most out of the sessions, so if you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to ask! Just email us at
Learning aims
Aim 1
Sessions will be structured similarly to ensure familiarity. The sessions will include other creative tasks such as arts and crafts linked to their dance ideas.
Aim 2
Our dance sessions have obvious physical benefits. We see the power in offering a rich experience which improves confidence, friendships, independence and leadership skills.
Aim 3
Through the way we deliver the classes with participant led activities and by building in social breaks, we aim to improve communication and social skills of our participants.
Pricing information
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Where we'll be
The Dance Space, 2 Market Sqaure, Circus Street, Brighton , Brighton and Hove, BN29AS
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