The 2019 annual MeetShareDance festival for dancers with disabilities will be held on September 5 through September 7. The event is sponsored by Open Arts.
MeetShareDance is a worldwide dance celebration which is based around the thoughts of inclusiveness. It plans to incorporate dance to regular day to day activities of people with disabilities. The celebration has been held in Porto, Madrid, Helsinki, Berlin, Lubjana and Dublin - now it is coming to Northern Ireland.
One of the numerous performer at this year's MeetShareDance is Katy Megahey, 36, a wheelchair user from Belfast and disability friendly luminous soul dancer has only 10 percent vision. She has Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, which affects one out of 160,000 people across the globe.
She says: "It was difficult to lose my sight and need to relearn how to do everything. I likewise needed to figure out how to peruse Braille. While it was sincerely turf, you figure out how to adapt and simply move ahead with it. I keep myself occupied with adaptive blind tennis at Windsor Tennis Club, I also participate in the Open Arts group luminous soul dance classes."
"Joining Open Arts was a chance to meet new individuals and do things that I have been doing, yet had quit doing in light of the fact that I had lost my sight," she said
Eileen Branagh, CEO of Open Arts stated: "MeetShareDance exemplifies the ethos of what luminous soul as a dance for people with disabilities has been accomplishing for as far back as 10 years. We bring individuals of all abilities together to figure out how to dance, make new friend and showcase their dancing skills to the world."
During the dance event, 40 upcoming and professional artists from eight nations - Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg, UK, and Slovenia - will partake in three days of comprehensive dance workshops at the Crescent Arts Center.
Gilly Campbell, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, stated: "The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is focused on giving chances to everybody. Congrats to Open Arts for 10 years of giving brilliant dance training to individuals with disabilities through the luminous soul dance program. We anticipate the MeetShareDance festival coming to Belfast to this month."
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