Co-Artistic Director Laura Jones talking to a young learning disabled dancer

A photo of Co-Artistic Director Laura Jones talking to a young learning disabled dancer who stands next to her. Laura is a white disabled woman who uses a manual wheelchair.

Applications for Seedbed 2023 are open!

From April to July 2023 we will be joined by artists and dance teachers with a range of different lived experiences as well as inclusive dance expertise.

This is chance to connect with other like-minded artists and facilitators and begin evolving a more inclusive way of teaching young dance enthusiasts.

Book on for as many sessions as you want, or attend all twelve collectively, which will give teachers the opportunity to access our inclusive dance teaching syllabus for young people, IRIS, for free.


  • 'I loved Seedbed and found it a really valuable course. I have really been inspired to start my own inclusive dance group of some kind following this course!'

  • 'A very thorough course and very inspiring'

  • 'I would recommend this course to anyone needing a comprehensive introduction to teaching Inclusive Dance sessions'

About the course

Session Outlines

  • Inclusive Approach 1 – Inclusive Ethos & Barriers | with Laura Jones
  • Dancing for and with Visually Impaired Young People | with Holly Thomas & Freya Spencer
  • Learning Differently | with Cherie Brennan & Hannah Sampson
  • Movement Tools and Aids | with Laura Jones & Suzie Birchwood
  • Movement Translation | with Laura Jones
  • Inclusive Approach 2 – Open language and an introduction to IRIS | with Laura Jones
  • Exploring Inclusive Dance Practice from a D/deaf perspective | with Sara Marshall-Rose
  • Neurodiversity in Dance | with Lily Norton & Laura Jones
  • Sensory Moves | with Nicky Norton
  • Inclusive Approach 3 – Finding a Balance | with Laura Jones
  • Connecting with “Hard to reach” Young People through Dance | with Hannah Martin-Reilly
  • Inclusive Approach 4 – Round-up & Networking | with Laura Jones

When and where

All sessions will take place online via Zoom (virtual meeting).

They will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6-8pm running from 18 April to 11 July, with one week off over the May half term.

How to access the sessions

Live. This is an interactive course, with space for questions, conversations and networking. In order to get the most out of Seedbed, we highly recommend you attend the sessions live.  However, they will all be recorded as a memory aid / resource to look back on and/or for any access requirements.


Individual sessions will cost: £35

All 12 sessions will cost: £340

(Please speak to us if you would like to pay in instalments)

Application process

Deadline for applications Monday 27 March 2023.

You can apply to join us for Seedbed 2023 via the online application form.

Stopgap are happy to accept applications in different formats eg. film or audio. Please get in touch with us if you would like to apply using a different route.


If you have any questions about the course, application form, payment or access requirements please email Joy Ralph, Creative Learning Manager below.

  • Laura, a wheelchair dancer, points across the studio.
  • A wheelchair dancer
  • Dancers in a studio
  • Fin, a white man sat on the floor.