(This post has kindly been sponsored by Para Dance UK. However, all opinions are based on our personal views.)
Like many events, Naidex 2020 (originally due to take place in March and then November) was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is now due to take place on the 9th and 10th of March 2021, but until then, we wanted to share 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!
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!
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.
At AYL we are committed to sharing unbiased information about products and services that are available to enhance the lives of anyone living with a disability. So if you would like more information on how to become a FREE Para Dance member, finding a group near you, or taking part in their isolation challenge - I recommend exploring the various links below!