Stopgap Dance Company

Inclusive youth dance during Covid-2019 pandemic

Stopgap has had to stop running dance classes because of Covid-19 pandemic, and there is now a risk that 100s of our disabled young students become isolated & lose access to structured physical & creative activity. We're launching online sessions to prevent this but require funds to keep them going.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 23 June 2020 to 6:00 PM, 3 July 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1116776)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Disabled young people are more prone to be socially excluded & Covid-19 amplifies the risk. Stopgap runs classes from Mondays to Saturdays, and while our classes are rigorous, they also socialise & have fun. A research by University of Bedfordshire on our youth sessions noted that our classes have developed to play an important role in our participants' family lives - some have commented that they will be lost without it.


The online classes will be led by three to four of our practitioners, which will include videos of exercises, homework and activities that each participant can do with their families as well as on their own. They will be predominantly delivered by Facebook Live on a securely established group under Stopgap's company page.

  • Notable benefits to taking part were documented, including achieving moderate to high levels of technical skill, greater confidence and independence, and social skills. Being part of Stopgap's systematic talent development programme may promote feelings of achievement, satisfaction and belonging.

    — Academic research of Stopgap's Youth Programme - conducted by University of Bedfordshire (2018)

  • “The staff all get the individual kids, they really understand them, so it really fills you with confidence” “I was really impressed with Stopgap because they talk to them as people. There’s no baby-fying. That’s really key” “They’re a part of the family. I’d be I’d be lost without it"

    — Parent feedback to the above researcher