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ASOS partners with inclusive dance company Candoco

Lauretta Roberts
31 January 2019

As part of its on-going CSR commitment ASOS is supporting the Candoco Dance Company, a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, to stage a residential dance training intensive for young dancers in Summer 2019.

The partnership will enable Candoco to offer dancers aged 18-30 an opportunity to develop their physical skills and creative potential in an inclusive environment, free of charge. The Training Intensive will run for two weeks and give disabled and non-disabled dancers from diverse backgrounds a route into the dance profession.

Established in 1991, Candoco recently appeared on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and has performed on international stages from Sadler's Wells to the Bejing Olympics. Through its well-established learning and development programme and ASOS’s reach with 20-somethings, the partners hope to support creative ambition in disabled and non-disabled young people.

Charlotte Darbyshire, Artistic Co-Director at Candoco, said, “There is so much physical talent and artistic potential out there among young disabled and non-disabled adults and a huge demand for wider representation in the dance sector and yet, there is simply not enough access to training or routes into the profession. This exciting partnership with ASOS will enable Candoco to use our expertise in inclusive dance practice to provide an unparalleled learning opportunity for these young artists.” 

Louise McCabe, Corporate Responsibility Director at ASOS, said, “We believe that every young person, no matter their background, should be given the chance to reach their full potential. We couldn’t be happier to be working with Candoco and supporting such an inclusive approach to creative expression.”

ASOS aims to promote and protect its customers’ mental health, wellbeing and body confidence and this is reflected in its CSR commitments. In recent years it donated stock to disability charity Scope, to help more than 600 disabled people back into work; partnered with Stonewall and GLAAD to support and further LGBTQ+ acceptance globally; and worked with Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, to help eating disorder sufferers and their families.

Auditions for The Training Intensive will be held in May. Dancers interested in applying should contact [email protected] for more information.

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