Disabled young people in Stornoway will have the chance to take part in free dance sessions this April as part of Moving Forward - a new dance and disability project run by YDance (Scottish Youth Dance), the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland, and Indepen-dance, an inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people.

From Monday 9th to Thursday 12th April, young disabled people aged 12 to 25 can take part in dance sessions held at An Lanntair and Stornoway Town Hall.

The sessions will help participants make friends, get creative, learn new skills in dance and have fun. No experience is necessary and the sessions are free.

The Moving Forward project aims to provide free dance activity for young disabled people in four areas across Scotland - North Ayrshire, the Western Isles, Falkirk and North Lanarkshire. The project is supported by the Scottish Government Get Scotland Dancing Legacy 2014 Fund.

This is the second time the Moving Forward dance sessions have been held in Stornoway. The first sessions were held in October last year and included a performance of Four Go Wild In Wellies by Indepen-dance 4. Participants then went on to take part in dance sessions led by YDance staff and the Indepen-dance 4 dancers.

Moira Macdonald, Head of Education and Outreach at An Lanntair said: “We were delighted that YDance and Indepen-dance chose the Western Isles as one of the locations for Moving Forward. To go from watching an inclusive piece of dance, to immediately afterwards being supported to dance and move with the professional dancers was so inspiring for the young people involved. We look forward to the next series of workshops in April and to more opportunities for young people to develop confidence in their expressive movement skills and to enjoy dancing.”

In addition to the dance sessions for young people, a free inclusive dance training session is available on Wednesday 11th April at An Lanntair for teachers, youth workers, carers or dance artists who work in participatory settings.

Taught by YDance staff who specialise in inclusive practice, the session will be fun, creative and informative, offering various ways to engage and inspire all young people and participants will gain skills, ideas and confidence in facilitating an inclusive dance session.

For more information visit www.ydance.org, or to book your place at the dance sessions or training session, email Moira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 708493.

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland. YDance works through key partnerships in education, culture, health and sport, to provide a range of high-quality dance experiences across three main areas of work – Talent Development, Education and Access and Participation. YDance is core funded by Creative Scotland. For more information visit www.ydance.org.

Indepen-dance is an award winning inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy, express, and fulfil their potential through dance. Their mission is to enable participation in high quality arts provision and improve wellbeing, quality of life and provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled dancers in both the professional and non-professional dance sectors. For more information visit www.indepen-dance.org.uk.

Legacy 2014. The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring the 2014 Commonwealth Games delivers positive and lasting benefits for the whole of Scotland. Legacy 2014 is focused on delivering a wide range of programmes that will create jobs and training opportunities, help strengthen the economy, develop cultural connections at home and overseas, and inspire people across Scotland to lead healthier and more active lives. For more information visit www.legacy2014.co.uk.

Moving Forward at An Lanntair. Photo by An Lanntair.

Moving Forward promotional image. Photo by Indepen-dance.