AYL Treasure Hunt – Para Dance

Sep 14, 2020

* This post is kindly sponsored by Para Dance UK, but all opinions are my own. *

Like many events, the coronavirus outbreak resulted in Naidex 2020 being rescheduled to September 15th and 16th 2021. But until then, we will be sharing a new blog post every week with information on the AYL Treasure Hunt!

This exclusive activity involves working with 16 trusted exhibitors to ensure attendees have a chance to discover and visit stands they otherwise might not have known about. You will have to wait until nearer the time to learn how you can take part, but for now, I am proud to introduce the eleventh exhibitor - Para Dance UK!

Naidex Treasure Hunt Banner
A blue and black AYL Treasure Hunt banner with the words "visit 17 exhibitors at naidex 2021 for a chance to win".

Para Dance is a national charity and the governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK. Not only do they encourage and support dancers to compete; they also strive to make inclusive dance sessions accessible to all, by providing leisure activities to those normally excluded from physical activities. In addition to this, Para Dance provides training for people wanting to teach inclusive dance and/or Para Dance Sports Classes.

The charity supports dancers competing in both regional and national competitions across the UK, along with highly competitive athletes who compete internationally. In order to source the best athletes, Para Dance is always looking for future competitors to join their Team GB Talent Programme, meaning anyone interested in being considered should get in touch via the links below!

Para Dance Athletes
Two Para Dance athletes performing together (one wheelchair user and one able-bodied). They are both wearing red sparkly costumes.
Para Dance Athletes
Two Para Dance athletes performing together (one wheelchair user and one able-bodied). They are both wearing blue sparkly costumes.

Alternatively, if you fancy getting involved but don’t want to compete on a world stage - your local Para Dance group would be the ideal place to start. There are groups across the UK where members regularly meet to learn, stay active and enjoy dancing together. Whilst also building friendships and becoming part of an inclusive, non-judgmental community.

Although like many people living with disabilities, members of the Para Dance community are currently shielding against the coronavirus, leaving them isolated from family, friends, and the things they hold dear like dancing. Because of this, there has been an unspoken mental health crisis sweeping through households across the UK, whose impact is greater on the most vulnerable. Therefore, Para Dance UK has created a dance challenge aimed at uniting, uplifting and inspiring people everywhere, whilst also letting the world know that mental matters by dancing away isolation.

Para Dance Classes
A group of people ranging in abilities forming a circle during an inclusive dance class.

At AYL we are committed to sharing unbiased information on the best products and services for people with disabilities, so it is an honour to be partnering with Para Dance for the 2021 Naidex Treasure Hunt! For more information on becoming a FREE Para Dance member, finding a group near you, and taking part in their isolation challenge - simply check out the links below!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the other participating exhibitors and follow us on social media for regular updates regarding the event! 

Paradance Competition
Two Para Dance members dancing together (one wheelchair user and one able-bodied). They are both wearing a royal blue dress.
Para Dance Classes
A young boy using a blue walking frame is dancing during an inclusive class. Classmates are cheering in the background.

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Red and blue Para Dance UK logo, including a wheelchair dancer icon at the top and the words "everyone can dance" at the bottom.
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