The National Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards, in association with Care Talk, are really excited to welcome DanceSyndrome back following their win last year. The dancers will offer our guests an entertaining performance that truly reflects what the awards are about. The charity has had an incredibly exciting 12 months, and we’re proud to have been a part of their journey.

The 2016 Sporting Chance winners DanceSyndrome are set to take to the stage at this year’s National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards and offer guests a preview of their upcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance.

DanceSyndrome, which delivers dance workshops and performances led by people who refuse to be defined by their disabilities, will perform at the Gala Dinner on 14th July at ICC Birmingham ahead of their two-day stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

The charity was set up by a Lancashire woman with Down’s syndrome, Jen Blackwell – who started DanceSyndrome after failing to find opportunities to pursue her career ambitions of becoming a dance leader and spent 10 years knocking on doors and getting rejected.

Now, Jen and the team deliver dance workshops, leadership training and performances across the North West of England and beyond – with the troupe’s dreams set to come true by performing at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Jen said: “DanceSyndrome is really excited to perform at the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards in Birmingham. We can’t wait to showcase our new work ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August to a new and inspiring audience and it will be a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ after winning the Sporting Chance Award last year.”

The charity has launched a Fringe Fund appeal to cover the costs of their Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance. To find out more, visit: or contact Dawn Vickers at