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TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance announce new project to support disabled dancers

The Talent Hub aims to support dancers with a learning disability, autism, or who may have additional needs. Photo: Rich Kenworthy
The Talent Hub aims to support dancers with a learning disability, autism, or who may have additional needs. Photo: Rich Kenworthy
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TIN Arts, a dance organisation based in Durham, has announced a partnership with Yorkshire Dance in Leeds to launch a project to support learning-disabled dancers.

The project, called the Talent Hub, aims to support dancers with a learning disability, autism, or who may have additional needs, and help them progress into dance companies, or as professional dance-makers.

The Talent Hub is funded by a £390,000 award from Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence Fund, as well as receiving funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

It will recruit 10 emerging dance artists from across the North East and Yorkshire, and provide them with intensive training, as well as the chance to work with international artists, to create new work that will go on tour.

Executive director and co-founder of TIN Arts, Martin Wilson, said: "This is a distinctive opportunity to fundamentally change how the dance sector and wider audiences embrace dancers with difference, celebrating ability and challenging perceptions of who can dance professionally and create outstanding new dance work."

The partnership will also include the National Youth Dance Company, Leeds Dance Partnership and Dance City in Newcastle, and hopes to encourage inclusivity in the dance sector.

It will begin its recruitment campaign in November, and the scheme will continue until at least 2020.

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