What We Do
CONFIDANCE exists to provide inclusive dance and movement classes for children and adults with learning disabilities in community and educational settings
Our mission is to promote dance and movement as a holistic tool for personal development to empower people with special needs to experience a happier and healthier life, raising ambitions and aspirations.
Socially our aim is to employ dance to promote the skills and abilities of people with special needs to educate the public through direct experience and interaction.
This practice fosters a more compassionate and unprejudiced society that celebrates people’s differences.
Our practice includes;
Classes, workshops and performances in schools, museums, art galleries, theatres and a variety of community settings
Projects, long and short-term, in partnership with charities, arts organisations and schools
Consultancy for a variety of professional organisations and clients
At CONFIDANCE we are dedicated to promoting inclusion; to enable people of all abilities to integrate and interact in society, thus developing their confidence and independence.
'Flowers For You' in collaboration with Primary Shakespeare Company and Rose Bruford College
CONFIDANCE has run performance projects since 2008. Some of Jo's clients include;
ROSE BRUFORD (Visiting Lecturer/Consultant/Practitioner)
Jo provided a month-long educational project, teaching 2nd year students how to design and deliver inclusive workshops for children in SEN schools.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE (Consultant / Practitioner)
CPD for teachers, to build confidence in delivering dance workshops to children with a variety of learning and physical disabilities. The project culminated in a whole school performance of works created by the teachers and their students.
MENCAP (Artistic Director/Project Manager/ Film Maker)
Creation of a dance film created in collaboration with East Kent Mencap (EKM) and Turner Contemporary including a Flashmob on Margate Beach and Public Presentation of the project at Turner Contemporary.
THE BEANEY HOUSE OF ART & KNOWLEDGE (Dancer/Project Manager/Mentor) ‘A Mutual Agreement’ – Choreographed by Chloe Challis. A collaborative project with Jo, Kent Dance Network, choreographer Chloe Challis and Ian Cooper, a man with Downs Syndrome and a talent for dance performance, discovered when working on the 'Moving Into Colour' Project.
LISTEN UP! (Event Organiser/ Choreographer /Project Manager) An inclusive dance event, hosted at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. Whitfield/ Aspen, a fully inclusive school, is part of the Samphire Learning Hub. ‘Listen Up! ‘ brought children from 6 mainstream schools to work with children with PMLD from Aspen.