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‘Deaf Dancer’ on Strictly Come Dancing 2021

Rose Ayling-Ellis

‘Deaf Dancer’ on Strictly Come Dancing 2021

Strictly Come Dancing has been a favourite among our instructors and young dancers ever since they can remember. But, this year was extra-special because not only were we invited to be a part of Strictly Come Dancing 2021, but the lineup included Rose Ayling-Ellis. Who flew the flag for the deaf community and inspired millions with disabilities to pursue their dreams. 

But how will she hear the music – Rose Ayling-Ellis?

When Strictly Come Dancing 2021 announced that it would have its first-ever deaf contestant, we saw the above question popping up time and time again. 

So, we thought we would tell you how our young deaf dancers take on their disability and completely rule the dance floor!

  • Through vibrations that can be felt through the studio floor
  • By following their partners lead, and instructors body language

Things to Consider

Merely asking, ‘Can a deaf person dance?’ is very abrupt and will be added to the long list of judgemental questions from the deaf/hard of hearing community. Here at Synergy Dance® Outreach, we wanted to remind everyone that anyone with a disability can do anything they put their mind to with the right support, passion and determination. 

It’s also important to remember that a lack of one sense improves and raises the others, and don’t forget music involves more than just your ears.

Final Words about Strictly Come Dancing 2021

We wanted to say a huge thank you again to Strictly Come Dancing. For allowing us to be a part of their show this year and for flying the flag for inclusivity. A huge congratulations to Rose – you completely knocked our socks off and have inspired young people across the nation simply by being you. 

Inclusive Classes

Synergy Dance on Strictly Come Dancing

Children Inspired by Rose and Strictly Come Dancing 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2021

More than 12.2 million people tuned in to watch the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 final as Rose and Giovanni were crowned champions, and we applaud the first deaf winner of Strictly Come Dancing. Rachael Hurton has been sharing her views on the Strictly show for the last 6 weeks on BBC Radio Surrey. You can catch up with her sessions here:

Week One: https://youtu.be/j3CxRRFBfjo

Week Two: https://youtu.be/jqH2cA-mdKU

Week Three: https://youtu.be/pNfQ1qxaGNo

Week Four: https://youtu.be/OoPDP9mZG8c

Week Five: https://youtu.be/4OjSbPlqUfo

The Finals: https://youtu.be/j3CxRRFBfjo

Rachael Hurton, founder of Synergy Dance Ltd and Synergy Dance Outreach would like to say a huge congratulations from all at Synergy to the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winners, Rose and Giovanni:

“Your dances & incredible connection have changed lives and inspired the hearts of the nation. You are magnificent role models & have proved that dance is a journey of discovery & everything is possible!” (Rachael Hurton)

Strictly Come Dancing has shown us the power of dance to break down boundaries, inspire and unite. As a show, they are breaking new ground and sharing our belief at Synergy that anyone can dance. The emotional connection between the finalists and high standard of dancing this year was incredible.

With the uncertainty of the last year and ongoing Pandemic, we have never needed the positivity and inspiration from Strictly more. Strictly Come Dancing has inspired our junior Synergy dancers to go for their dreams, keep going, never give up and that anything is possible. Strictly are changing lives and giving us incredible role models to inspire.

We would like to say a huge thankyou to Strictly Come Dancing for visiting both our Children In Need Special Needs and Disability funded classes with Tess and Claudia, and for visiting our mainstream activities for all children and young people at Guildford Spectrum. It meant the world to our students and teachers. Strictly has shown that whatever we may have going on, never give up and go for your dreams! Also, the power of hard work to achieve your dreams and become an amazing dancer. At Synergy we will continue to expand our inclusive dance classes and to champion diversity and inclusion.

So, for now, let’s all KEEP DANCING! To find out more about the wonderful and exciting opportunities coming up both in schools and leisure centres, and for our digital recordings – contact us on admin@synergydance.co.uk

 

Synergy Dance on Strictly Come Dancing

Synergy Dance® featured on Strictly Come Dancing!

Synergy Dance® visited by Tess and Claudia and featured on Strictly Come Dancing!

Synergy Dance® featured on Strictly Come Dancing! Sunday 7th November 2021 on BBC 1.

Locally based charity, Synergy Dance® Outreach, sister company to Synergy Dance®, received a visit from Tess and Claudia from Strictly Come Dancing at Guildford Spectrum.

The Strictly team came to film one of Synergy’s inclusive classes funded by Children In Need. It was a very happy occasion. The children were delighted to meet their favourite TV presenters! Synergy Dance Outreach were featured on Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday 7th November 2021 from 7.15-8pm for all the inclusive activities they do for children and young people. Watch it here – https://youtu.be/EJeAw69uQKY

Rachael Hurton, Synergy Dance Outreach Founder & Director, said “It was a celebration of all the inclusive work we do for children and young people. A Synergy class is a happy place, and we believe that dance is for everyone. Such a happy occasion – we are so proud of all the children and teachers who took part. It was such an honour to meet Tess and Claudia and to work with both Strictly Come Dancing and Children In Need. We are so grateful for their support. Our innovative dance and yoga activities in schools and leisure centres, are serving both mainstream children and children within the Special Needs and Disability community. At Synergy no one is left behind.”

About Synergy…

Synergy Dance® is a one stop package for leisure centres and schools offering an innovative range of children’s activities for digital and offline dance clubs, yoga, parties, holiday workshops and courses. We empower leisure centres and schools, offering a complete service to increase their revenue streams and range of activities.

Synergy Dance® Outreach, was set up to create positive change, removing barriers to enable children and young people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun dance, fitness, yoga, singing and related activities. Inclusivity is vital to us and we aim to ensure that neither finance, fitness, ability, disability nor family circumstance are barriers to participation.

In the last year Synergy Dance® expanded their reach Nationally via their online digital platform of pre-recorded classes, and the team are delighted that Synergy Dance® has won 3 National Awards:

2021 Winner of the Diversity & Inclusion Award from the Sport and Recreation Alliance

2021 Winner Specialist Dance School of the Year – Corporate Livewire – Innovation & Excellence

2021 Leader of the Year – Rachael Hurton – Club Hub UK Awards

Fully inclusive…

Synergy Dance® are fully inclusive, and their dance, fitness and yoga classes are attended by both mainstream children and young people with a wide range of conditions – Special Needs (incl. Autism, ADHD, ASD, Downs, Global development delay, MLD, ODD, learning difficulties, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia, asthma, hearing loss, Cerebral Palsy & more), Visually Impaired and Blind, The Disability Community, Long Term Health Conditions and simply those who are low on confidence or suffering from anxiety. They stand out for our diverse range of activities and our ability to reach out to everyone who can benefit from exercise. Synergy dance and yoga classes provide activities for mainstream children and those with Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in schools, Outreach centres and leisure centres.

Local SEND children now have the same opportunities to enjoy dance, fitness and yoga, as the non-disabled community. In the last year Synergy launched ParaStars Dance™ and ParaStars Yoga® – seated programmes for all ages and these have been a lifeline for many children who had a disability and were unable to attend school during lockdowns. Inclusivity is vital to them. Synergy partner with many other charities and organisations including British Blind Sport, Freedom Leisure, PFP Leisure and Everyone Active.

The positive impact of dance on the children and young people Children In Need has funded is both social and physical. Children make friends, really build their confidence and parents and carers connect too. There’s also the impact of feeling included and the joy that comes from learning new dance steps to great music. The CIN funding enables dance for children and young people who might otherwise not have access to classes and keeping fit. Their range of needs means they benefit from the specialist classes we provide in a relaxed, no pressure setting, and this also gives them the confidence to try other activities in the future. Both Freedom Leisure Guildford Spectrum and Woking Leisure centre host Synergy SEND classes – for more info please contact admin@synergydance.co.uk

Keeping active throughout the Pandemic…

The Synergy Dance service is aiming to keep the nation active through inclusive and fun activities that have been developed to support all individuals including people with physical and mental disabilities. The classes are suited to all abilities with activities ranging from seated yoga to audio recordings for the visually impaired and blind.

Rachael Hurton, Synergy Dance Outreach Founder & Director, said: “At Synergy we were determined lockdown would not stop us making a difference. We are proud to support inclusive activities for all children, teens, adults and the elderly.  We encourage everyone we come into contact with to participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, at this time, via online training, up to five times per week.

Our Synergy courses are for all including Special Needs classes for Autism & Cerebral Palsy, audios for the Visually Impaired and Blind, seated classes for the Disability Community, those with Long Term Health Conditions and the elderly – offering much diversity and choice. Thanks to our online pre-recorded lesson and on-site activities, so many more people can join in the fun and improve their physical and mental health through our online exercise programmes which can take place anywhere and at any time.”

For more information on Synergy Dance® Outreach classes and how to register, visit http://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk/or click on http://synergydance.co.uk/

For a diverse range of inclusive and mainstream classes click on:

https://synergy-dance-online.teachable.com

Background on the founder

Rachael Hurton said: “I set up Synergy to make a difference, having discovered a gap in the market for inclusive, fun dance activities which appealed to all. I had nowhere to send my little boy who wanted to learn breakdance or my little girl, who dreaded the pressure of ballet and tap and wanted to try new dance styles in a more relaxed setting.

We set up Synergy Dance® Outreach, the charity arm of Synergy, to meet local need and create positive change, removing barriers to enable people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun dance, fitness, yoga, singing and related activities. Our beneficiaries include people with special educational needs, those who are visually impaired, the elderly and other disadvantaged people, children and young people.

“We were determined lockdown would not stop us making a difference. Synergy pivoted fast to serve all our children, communities and service users. Just four days into lockdown in March 2020, we launched our first online platform of courses for dance, yoga and meditation with courses for children, teens, adults and the elderly. We expanded our online platforms for children and young people, creating an opportunity to reach a far wider audience. We now have global interest and people can access our classes anywhere in the world. Now so many more people can join in the fun and improve their physical and mental health through exercise. To get people active is our ultimate goal – to get the nation moving and to celebrate the power of dance”!

For media queries please contact Kathryn O’Toole

Kathryn@synergydance.co.uk

 

ClubHub UK Awards 2021

ClubHub UK Awards

Synergy Dance® are delighted to have won three awards this year. With our newest award coming in over the weekend at the ClubHub UK Awards ceremony. 

This award was given to Synergy Dance’s founder, Rachael Hurton – Leader of the Year. For her determination and drive that has pushed Synergy Dance forward through what has been a challenging year. 

In addition to winning leader of the year, Synergy Dance were also finalists in the following categories:

  • Biggest Growth
  • Independent Business of the Year
  • Non-Profit Business of the Year.

The ClubHub UK Awards ceremony was incredible, and we wanted to say a huge thank you to Tessa at ClubHub. As well as a huge thank you to her team and all of the judges and sponsors.

It was fantastic to meet other like-minded individuals, who will no doubt, become great friends and potential partners for future projects.

Rachael Hurton: I am so delighted and honoured to win #Leader of the Year for @synergydanceltd. As well as, receiving #finalist for Biggest Growth, Independent Business & Non-Profit Business of the Year for our Outreach activities. Congratulations to all of the winners & finalists. Thank you to Tessa and all of ClubHub UK, the judges and sponsors. Heartfelt thanks to the Synergy team and the amazing talent of teachers who make it happen, and always go the extra mile.

If you’d like to find out more about what we do, you can do so by using the links below:

About Synergy Dance Outreach

Synergy Dance Online – free inclusive platform

Synergy Dance at Home

In-person Classes

Synergy Dance bag a national award for their work – RNIB Connect

Listen to Synergy Dance’s founder, Rachael Hurton, talk live on RNIB Connect Radio about our most recent National Award. Where she discusses what we’ve been up to, what we have achieved and what the award means to us.

Innovation and adapting to circumstances have been essential this year. And Synergy Dance has proved that they can, excel at it, winning the 2021 Specialist Dance School of the Year from Corporate Live Wire’s Innovation and Excellence Awards. Ellie’s been catching up with the founder about what it means to receive this award – RNIB Connect Radio.

We wanted to say a huge thank you to RNIB radio for talking to us, and for helping us share our message.

About Corporate Live Wire:

The Corporate LiveWire Awards represent the pinnacle of business achievement, championing the best in their respective fields.  Our corporate awards cover the most important sectors of business, from Finance advisories, Funding providers to Law firms and specialist advisory companies.  The culmination of the awards is the Global Award, covering businesses of every type that have proven their excellence throughout the year.

About RNIB Radio:

RNIB Connect Radio is a radio station that serves the UK. And it is funded primarily by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and also by other local councils.

We are Europe’s first radio station for blind and partially sighted listeners, and we broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week online, on 101 FM in the Glasgow area, and on Freeview channel 730.

Our mission is to broadcast news, information and advice to blind and partially sighted people.  All of our presenters are visually impaired.

Although the station’s main studios are based in Scotland, the station is for everyone in the UK and beyond, with many listeners in the USA and Canada. Other studios are in Cardiff and London and more locations across the UK are planned for the very near future.

Synergy Dance® BBC Surrey Radio Interview

BBC Radio

Synergy Dance’s founder Rachael goes live on air with James Cannon. Where she speaks about our latest CorporateLiveWire Award and discusses how much the award means to Synergy Dance®.

The interview expands upon what Synergy Dance® does. And how we adapted in lock-down with our online, inclusive platforms filled with over 100 dance and yoga sessions for all ages and abilities.

Rachael also touches base on the revival of our new SEN and Mainstream classes that are now opening up around Surrey and soon arriving in Sussex too!

CorporateLiveWire Award – Specialist Dance School of the Year.

 

 

If you’d like to find out more about Synergy Dance® and anything Rachael discussed in the interview, you can do so by following the links below.

Inclusive Free Online Platform

Dance at Home Online Platform

In Person Classes in Surrey

SEND/VI Classes in Surrey

Find out more about us and what we do.

Listen to the full radio stream here.

 

About CorportateLiveWire:

The Corporate Livewire South England Prestige Awards 2021/22 recognise small and medium-sized businesses. These business have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.

All shortlisted companies are asked to support their nomination with evidence of their work. In addition to positive feedback from their clients, information on previous accreditation’s and recognition. As well as highlighting the most outstanding parts of their businesses.

The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the product/ service provided. As well as innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working,  and consistency in performance. The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas.

CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2021

CorporateLiveWire Innovation and Excellence Awards 2021

CorporateLiveWire Innovation and Excellence Awards 2021

Synergy Dance Outreach are excited to announce that yesterday, we won the CorporateLiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2021 within the Specialist Dance School of the Year Category.

The Innovation & Excellence Awards celebrate and recognise businesses on a global level. Who have excelled in the last 12 months whilst showing that they have been able to adapt and innovate.

Judges consider whether the individual or business is providing the best product/service in their particular sector or industry. These considerations are determined by the quality, efficiency and delivery of the product/service provided. Decisions are made based on service excellence, industry recognition, employee satisfaction, marketing & branding, ethical practice and of course customer feedback.

These past 12-months have been like no other, and no one could have predicted COVID and the current state of the world. But, here at Synergy Dance® Outreach, we refused to give up. So, throughout lockdown we pivoted the business model and went online. Keeping our staff in work, and all of our service users active. This not only allowed us to reach our current customer base, but it also enabled us to go global introducing dance and yoga to an entire new audience. Making a real difference to those in need, and those feeling isolated.

Find out more about CorporateLiveWire here.

This award comes shortly after Synergy Dance received an award for National Inclusion, which you can read more about here.

Benefits of Online Exercise

Benefits of Online Exercise

Throughout lock-down, we worked tirelessly to create an inclusive online platform for our clients, both old and new. That bought people together in a way that we never envisaged. The main aim of this platform was to help stop the feelings of isolation and enable people to stay healthy. In addition to staying safe, and because there are also many benefits of online exercise it enabled people to stay fit and keep up morale too!

Now that restrictions have eased, people might be going back to in-person classes, which is fantastic! 

But we wanted to remind you that our platform is still here. We’re constantly adding new material for those of you who still feel uneasy about the return to face-to-face activities. Our online platform is also great for those who prefer to exercise at home or want to add in extra exercise between your face-to-face classes.

Whilst in-person and face to face classes have numerous benefits, so do online workouts! We’ve put together a list of our benefits of online exercise, as mentioned by our current clients;
  • Exercise at a time that suits you. Everyone is busy, between work, health, family and friends, it’s not always possible to attend fixed sessions. With online classes, you can choose to sign-in and do as much or as little as you have time for.
  • Affordability. Not everyone can afford expensive classes or gym sessions. Especially if you have additional needs and requirements that need catering for. Our online platform is completely free, and doesn’t require any additional petrol or parking costs either!
  • Motivation and Accountability. Online training does involve more self-motivation, but when it involves no travel or time restrictions it makes working out less stressful.
  • Confidence. Not everyone has the confidence to jump right in to in-person classes especially if Dance or Yoga is a new field of interest. With our online platform you can bridge the gap and get to grips with the basics. Increasing your confidence to later enable in-person classes if desired.
  • Accessibility. Loads of our clients have issues with accessibility whether that be issues with transport or finding classes that are best suited to their needs. With our online platform we have courses specifically tailored to suit all needs including SEN, VI, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Disabilities and other Long Term Health Conditions.

If you’d like to try out our platform, or are interested in partnering with us on future projects use the details below!

Online Platform – https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com

Contact Email: admin@synergydance.co.uk

About Us: http://www.synergydanceoutreach.co.uk

National Inclusion Award – what it means to us.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

You may have seen our post earlier in the year, where we were overjoyed to announce that we had won the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Sport and Recreational Alliance annual awards ceremony sponsored by Active IQ.

Here you can see our founder Rachael Hurton speak about what the award meant to the Synergy team and how the award money will enable us to expand and continue to do great things.

“For me personally, it’s been absolutely wonderful. It’s recognition for all the hard work that we’ve done as a team this year and, as a charity, it’s recognition that we are standing for diversity and inclusion and, it’s wonderful to know that our mission is resonating with other people in the community and we’re very proud to be alongside other such wonderful candidates” – Rachael Hurton

We want to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who has continued to support us throughout lockdown and beyond. Either by attending our online Zoom classes or by signing up to our free and paid inclusive online platforms.

We hope that now restrictions are easing that you will continue to take advantage of our free online platform to exercise, stay fit and increase your overall wellbeing.

If you’re feeling adventurous, we would also love to encourage you to attend one of our in-person classes. We have a wide array of inclusive and mainstream dance and yoga lessons held at several different venues across Surrey and beyond – find out more.

In the meantime, stay safe and if you have any questions or queries please email us at; admin@synergydance.co.uk or call us on 07713 254260.

 

You can find out more about the Sport and Recreation Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Award ceremony by visiting their website here.

We’re always keen to partner, and expand so if you feel we could work together on the next big project email; rachael.swann@gmail.com 

Synergy Dance® Outreach Online Expansion

Synergy Dance® Outreach Online Expansion

7th May 2021

Rachael Hurton
Synergy Dance Outreach
07713 254260
admin@synergydance.co.uk

 

Synergy Dance® Outreach Online Expansion
30 brand new, free, inclusive and accessible classes now available.

Synergy Dance® Outreach announced today the expansion, of their online platform with the release of 30 brand new, fun, inclusive and accessible classes now being offered for FREE in Dance and Yoga. In addition to the platform’s current generous offering of 174 lessons.

Synergy Dance® Outreach would like to give thanks to the National Lottery Funding from Sport England in partnership with EMD UK for making these additional classes possible.

The new expansion has allowed Synergy Dance® Outreach to expand their already successful inclusive platform and fill gaps in the market, making it even more accessible to the SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) community. The platform expansion offers a new way for those with additional needs, visual impairments, disabilities and long-term health conditions to escape isolation, keep fit and healthy and improve their overall wellbeing in a place and at a pace that suits their individual needs.

When Covid-19 forced a National lockdown – at Synergy – we carried on and did not stop – to continue to reach our service users who had never needed our activities more – from one of our teen yoga participants, who is blind, to isolated children with autism, or the elderly –simply battling with loneliness, poor health or lack of mobility. Funds were down – but that didn’t stop us – we also wanted to keep our loyal team of talent in work and they all rose to the challenge of online delivery. – Rachael Hurton, Founder, Synergy Dance®

The new online platform includes additional, free classes in the following areas:

  • Mat Yoga for Children with Autism (12 classes)
  • Yoga for Teenagers with Autism (12 classes)
  • Yoga for Children with Cerebral Palsy (6 classes)

The new sessions will be available, free of charge from today. For more information, and to enrol go here; https://inclusive-dance-yoga.teachable.com

Synergy Dance Outreach was set up to meet local need and create positive change, removing barriers to enable people experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing through accessible, inclusive and fun dance, fitness, yoga, singing and related activities. Our beneficiaries include older people, those with “SEND” and other disadvantaged people, children and teenagers.

If you would like to try some in person classes, you can do so here; https://synergydanceoutreach.co.uk/what-is-send/