Corali: A Leader in Dance created by Artists with a Learning Disability

Music gives a vibration and mood that we can feel in our bodies. Almost instantly, we start moving. For most people, this happens naturally.

Corali explores the relationship between performers with and without a learning disability, between dance and other art forms, and between professional and participatory artwork.

Simon Jarrett, the chair of Corali, has for many years been committed to supporting people with learning disabilities to communicate and to be part of the larger community.

Corali has three main strands of activity:

• Producing original, devised performances in a variety of settings, including high profile arts venues, pop-up and site-specific settings

• Offering ongoing professional development and training opportunities, for their own artists and for other people, such as teachers

• Delivering a full programme of engagement and outreach activities throughout the year, including a schools programme, a youth company and a weekly adult community class

Corali is based in South London, often working in partnership with other venues, companies and artists across the capital, including Tate, National Youth Dance Company, Brixton House, Thick & Tight, and Judith Brocklehurst. To get an idea of the innovative work Corali does, check out this performance at Tate Britain.

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Photo courtesy: Corali

Corali´s vision

Corali’s vision is that people with a learning disability are recognised and valued for their equal place in the arts and society. By raising their national and international profile as a leader in dance created by people with a learning disability, Corali want to extend their influence, to inspire more people and change perceptions of disability.

The Benefits of Dance for People with Learning Disabilities

Dance inspires and empowers dancers and teachers.

Corali provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities who do not wish to be defined by their ability. Corali is a charity providing opportunities for creative discovery, growth and performance for people with learning disabilities and provides an inclusive creative environment.

Remote sessions enable the members to stay active, connected and creative. Weekly classes will be delivered to both the youth and adult community classes for the professional development class interested in taking their dance and performance further. Therefore Corali wants to use Zoom to organise classes with teachers and equipment for its members and the project requires £5,000.
An example of remote classes:

The Brooke Consultancy supports Corali by corporate sponsorship and as a New Model Law Firm we understand the benefits and the requirements necessary for remote delivery.

Lynne Brooke has a daughter with profound and multiple learning disabilities, not a member of Corali unfortunately, and that The Brooke Consultancy has become a corporate sponsor.

We are using Corali’s Just Giving page and we have decided to kick it off with £500 which will be ring-fenced to achieve the objective of delivering remote sessions to enable members to enjoy dance and take their dance performance further.

Join us in donating to Corali by clicking here and help people develop their creative talents, confidence and independence.


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