From Rashmi Becker:
My dance partner and I are planning to offer groundbreaking ballroom and latin wheelchair dance opportunities which bring disabled and non-disabled dancers together to learn, perform and compete. There are no such opportunities in London yet the demand is high. Wheelchair dance is an International Paralympic Sport (IPC) and global talent is impressive but in the UK we have only one couple competing internationally. As well as the competitive side, wheelchair dance is a beautiful, technical, creative art form. It benefits health and well-being, builds confidence and communication and bring people together
How can you help?
We want to make Marylebone the home for inclusive ballroom. But we need your help to identify an accessible space where we can run regular dance classes. We are looking for a wheelchair accessible space of 12m x 8 (minimum), with a wood surface and an accessible bathroom. Initially - we would like to use this space one day a week (Saturday or Sunday) for 4 hours as a pilot. If you have or know of spaces that we could access during this time (such as buildings with hospitality/meeting space, schools with studio/assembly space or existing arts/health spaces) we would love to hear from you.
BBC Breakfast News recently ran a feature about our work which can be seen here:
My dance partner Nuno is a former wheelchair world dance champion (as a standing partner) and a dedicated and passionate teacher with 10 year professional experience. You can see his recent performance in London here:
I am a patron for the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association and a long time disability advocate having spent the past 20 years championing the rights of disabled people with roles ranging from Executive Director of a national social care provider to Board Director of the English Federation of Disability Sport. I recently returned to education to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge examining quality of life for people with learning disabilities.
We are both committed to delivering strong, innovative, enjoyable inclusive dance which helps people realise their potential and contributes to a wider, diverse community.