Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Youth Dance Company

In 2020, Candoco will launch a new dance training company; Candoco Youth Dance Company, to meet the appetite and talent of young people today and to respond to the severe lack of training opportunities and progression routes for disabled young people.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1040524)

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Championed by Lake House Charitable Foundation

  • I have been able to validate my own place in inclusive dance and how my disability fits into that

    — Youth Dance participant

  • It has changed my approach from feeling I have to adapt to fit in, to interpretation to shine as an individual.

    — Youth Dance participant


For disabled young people, a major barrier to becoming a professional dancer begins with access to training. There is a severe lack of progression routes in to dance training and Higher Education for disabled dancers. The current landscape does not make space and support diverse needs and experiences. Inclusive training is about creating bespoke pathways and development opportunities in an environment where the individual needs of disabled participants are accounted for.


Candoco Youth Dance Company is a new, auditioned, youth company, that will meet on weekends for focussed training in a range of contemporary dance styles. It will offer a truly inclusive approach for aspiring young disabled and non-disabled dancers. Taking creative inspiration from leading artists, and involving making and performing experience within a supportive learning environment, Candoco Youth Dance Company will offer individualised pathways into further education or a career in dance.