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Disabled Ballet Dancer Wins National Award For Groundbreaking Organisation
Friday 3 January 2020
Disabled ballet dancer wins national award for groundbreaking organisation
The company hopes 2020 will be another successful year of bringing dance to the wider community
Written by Angeline Lucas Edited by Khadija Taboada
A "groundbreaking and cutting-edge approach to dance" was celebrated at a national competition in October.
The company was founded in 2015 by Angeline Lucas from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear with a mission to increase equality of opportunity and to open the world of dance to everyone, regardless of background or privilege.
The independent, not-for-profit network is run entirely by volunteers all with a single focus, to provide dance to the community.
Growing up in a disadvantaged single-parent family in rural Northumberland, Angeline’s access to dance opportunities was limited, and she was discouraged by her dance teacher who told her that she did not have “a good ballet body”.
Despite this, Angeline worked hard and won a place at the Northern Ballet School to train as a professional dancer.
After a debilitating injury forced her to quit vocational training, she became a dance teacher herself, eventually being appointed at Gateshead College and the North East’s National Dance Agency.
Sadly, in 2010 however she was diagnosed with debilitating Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which left her unable to dance at all.
Despite being mostly housebound and frequently bedridden with her illness, Angeline refused to put her passion for dance aside.
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