ABSTRACT

Dance that involves disabled and non-disabled people is referred to as being inclusive, and its origin lies in the context of community dance in the seventies and eighties. The formation of Candoco Dance Company in 1991 and their international success then brought professionalism to inclusive dance. This enabled it to prosper in the UK, which subsequently allowed the opening and closing ceremonies for London 2012 Paralympic Games to involve a number of professional disabled dancers. These triumphant ceremonies were not only celebrations of the Games but also of how far inclusive dance has come.