icandance’s vision is to make dance accessible for all and we believe that dance and performance offer children and young people with disabilities social connection to ease the burden of isolation, creative expression to allow their inner voice to be heard and confidence to be seen and celebrated. icandance believes in the power of dance and its ability to support wellbeing. We work with children and young people aged 4 to 25 years with varying complex, profound and multiple disabilities. We create performance opportunities for dancers with disabilities and we offer weekly sessions in schools, a weekly Teen Club which includes social outings in the local community and Saturday dance sessions.
Our vision is to give those with disabilities a voice through movement/dance and as an organisation we aim to:
- improve lives
- change perspectives
- support communities
- inspire creativity
All through the medium of dance/movement for families living with disability.
Our method draws on skills from Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Special Educational Techniques and dance. Our method is integrated, child-centred and is delivered in a safe, nurturing relationship. Relationship is key to our approach and we use non-verbal strategies to create relationships which enhance learning, develop creativity and offer a sense of wellbeing for all involved. icandance staff are skilled Dance Movement Psychotherapists, Dance/Performing artists and Special educational needs and disability (SEND) specialists. Our approach is unique and sensitively targeted to meet the needs of the individual, whilst creating a group experience.
Our sessions are staffed by highly-trained and experienced specialist support workers and volunteers, we are skilled in working with children with complex, multiple and severe disabilities. Classes take place on Saturday mornings across two sites, on Wednesday evenings and at Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools in Camden, Barnet and Lambeth. Each year we hold an Annual Performance in a professional theatre, which is a wonderful celebration of the year's work.
We also offer a Winter awards ceremony, where we celebrate the achievements of each dancer; sibling days; family discos and a Summer holiday project. We reach approximately 140 disabled children and their families each week, with this number constantly increasing.
About the Founder and Principal
Originally from South Africa, Juliet’s love for dance and movement began in her initial training as a Ballet and Flamenco dancer which led to her qualification as a Cecchetti ballet teacher. Whilst continuing to pursue dance, Juliet followed her other passion –teaching. She trained and taught in South Africa both in Primary and Secondary schools before moving to London in 1999. When in London Juliet worked in mainstream and specialist schools in management positions.
Whilst teaching in various educational settings in London, Juliet also continued her love for dance by teaching ballet in the evenings and weekends. A desire to create a bridge between her skills in education and dance, Juliet decided to retrain as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Having worked in various mental health and educational settings with groups, individuals and families for over 15 years Juliet’s particular area of interest and expertise is working with families, children and professionals in living with disabilities.
Believing in the power of dance and its ability to promote wellbeing and support community development Juliet founded icandance in September 2006. icandance offers dance and performance opportunities to children and young people with disabilities aged 4 to 25 years old as well as therapeutic services for the family through Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Juliet believes that every child, regardless of need, should be celebrated and given the opportunity to explore their creativity through movement. icandance offers a creative, therapeutic community for both dancers and their families.
Below are icandance's policies, if you have any queries regarding these please contact us.