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2018 Bursary awarded to support emerging dance practitioners from the West Midlands

Mon 19 November 2018

A dance bursary set up by the family of former MAC employee Norma Abbott, announces its 2018 recipient today. Emerging dance practitioner Delphine Wise, based in Shropshire, will use her £500 bursary to support her inclusive dance practice and leadership development. 

Norma Abbott, a Customer Service Assistant at MAC for many years, was a keen dancer and a tireless advocate for participation in dance. The bursary has been set up to benefit West Midlands based dancers and choreographers.

Bursary recipient Delphine’s interest in dance began after joining Shropshire Inclusive Dance in 2012.  Having recently graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Occupational Therapy, Delphine will use her bursary to support her transition from a dancer to also being an inclusive dance teacher. The bursary will enable Delphine to expand her knowledge of inclusive dance practice alongside ways of delivering classes and workshops to make dance accessible for a range of ages, abilities and needs; integrating both disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Delphine added “as a wheelchair user, I have experienced the benefits of an inclusive dance group and would love to be able to work alongside existing provision as well as start new groups to open this opportunity to more people. I am passionate about inclusive dance and inclusion/integration in general”.

To fulfil this goal, Delphine will use the bursary to enrol on the Inclusive Dance Training course delivered by Para Dance UK.

Peter Abbott added: “Norma’s love of dance gave our family the impetus to create the bursary. We hope the bursary winners will go on to pursue their dance careers as a result of the award. It’s great that the memory of Norma will live on in such a creative way”.