Man in a suit swinging from a lamp post holding a walking stick in the air
11 Million Reasons, Singing in the Rain. Photo by Sean Goldthorpe for People Dancing Commission.

Sean Goldthorpe – 11 Million Reasons

11 Million Reasons was conceptualised by People Dancing in 2014 to positively profile Deaf and disabled people who dance. The project developed from our core vision to ‘desegregate’ deaf and disabled people from anyone else that dances, and to help facilitate a change in perceptions that can surround disabled people dancing.

Inspired by iconic dance movements in film, from ‘Singing in the Rain’ to ‘Dirty Dancing’, each image has been re-imagined with a cast of professional and non-professional Deaf and disabled dancers.

The stunning, powerful, emotive, and humorous images are diverse with many bringing a subtle but relevant message. The complete portfolio will tour the UK in the next two years and aims to be a resource and inspiration to a number of people, especially Deaf and disabled people participating in dance activity. ”

Produced by: People Dancing

“11 Million Reasons to Dance does do a great job in supporting a broad audience to challenge normative constructions of who in our culture can be considered dancers. This is not easy. I am delighted that they are embarking on an ambitious tour of the UK with this project, and applaud their approach in drawing the visual arts and performing arts into dialogue.”- Disability Arts Online. Read full guest review.

20 photographs for gallery, foyer and unusual spaces. Accompanying film programme available. Available to tour.


24 August - 17 September 2018
Moonah Arts, Tasmania
9-22 June 2018
Teatre Liure, Barcelona
9 May – 22 June 2018
Teatre Liure, Barcelona
9-23 March 2018
Festival Arts and Disabilities, Korea
September 2017
Constantine Gallery, Middlesbrough
April 2017
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
9-19 March 2017
8-28 March 2017
Gala Theatre, Durham
26 February 2017
U.Dance Medway 2017, The Brook Theatre , Kent
22 February – 8 March 2017
13-21 February 2017
4 February – 3 March 2017
The Point, Doncaster
11 January – 2 February 2017
Ayscoughfee Hall, Lincs
14 - 21 September 2016
Doing Things Differently, SPACE, Bristol
7 - 10 September 2016
Gathered Together Festival, Tramway, Glasgow
6-11 September 2016
Southbank Centre's Unlimited festival, London
25-30 July 2016
People Dancing Summer School, De Montford University, Leicester
21 - 22 July 2016
Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
9 May – 20 June 2016
Festival 10, Valencia
12-28 April 2016
Festival 10, Valencia
1-11 February 2016
Curve Theatre, Leicester
29 October 2015
Worcester Town Hall
22 September 2015
Stockport Town Hall
1-30 September 2015
Bounce Festival, Belfast
25 July 2015
U.Dance, Plymouth
21 July 2015
Boots Medicity, Nottingham
10 July 2015
The Point, Eastleigh
8 July 2015
Choice Unlimited Event
8-29 May 2015
Curve Theatre, Leicester



Production images