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Source: City of Coventry

Published Friday, 27 September 2019

A free Inclusive Dance Festival for children is to be held next month as one of the city’s many community festivals during its year as European City of Sport.

This is the first launch of the Inclusive Dance project, after an extremely successful Inclusive Sports Festival at Howes Primary School earlier this year. 

The festival will be taking place from 10am–3pm on Wednesday 9 October at Centre AT7 and is open to schools and families with disabilities.

Inclusive Dance Coventry is part of a wider inclusive project that will be rolled out in Coventry which ensures everyone can take part in activities and enjoy themselves no matter what their ability is.

As a wider part of the Inclusive Project, the Royal Opera House will also be delivering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers so they can have a wider knowledge of how to teach children of all abilities.

Also included in the wider Inclusive Project are performances and competitions for young people of all abilities, along with pop-up Inclusive Community Dance Hubs around the city.

The aim of the project is to enable young people to be more active by taking part in inclusive dance and to give teachers the skills and confidence to deliver high quality dance sessions to all abilities in schools. 

This Inclusive Festival and wider project are not only a great bridge between sport and City of Culture 2021, but it also comes at a time where the city is celebrating its title of European City of Sport 2019.

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Sports and Public Health, said: “After the success of the last Inclusive Sport Festival, I’m really looking forward to the dance version. 

“I love that this Inclusive project focuses on involving children and young people of all abilities in sport and physical activity. This is something I am extremely passionate about.

“I look forward to seeing what the children get up to in their workshops on the day.” 

Rebecca Bollands, Deputy Head at Howes Primary School, said:  “We are delighted to be building on the success of the Inclusive Sport Festival by offering young people in Coventry the opportunity to take part in inclusive dance. 

“The project will see primary and secondary school staff working together to give young people the chance to participate, perform and compete. It is very exciting to be working with partners such as the Royal Opera House, Para Dance UK and Music and the Deaf.”

The opening and warm-up will commence at 10am, with the first workshops starting at 10.30am. Lunch will take place at 12.15pm, followed by another workshop and a family session at 2pm.

The project has been funded by Sport England, the Royal Opera House, Happy Days Charity, Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, European City of Sport, Coventry City Council, Erasmus+ and Rhythm4Inclusion.

The event is also partnered with the Royal Opera House, Para Dance UK, Off Balance Dance, Open Theatre, The Lions of Zululand and Music and the Deaf.

For more information, contact Rebecca Bollands at

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