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A brand new inclusive dance collective, based across the West Midlands for young people aged 16-30.

Critical Mass is a creative, ambitious dance and movement project for up to 300 young people who will make up a collective that will perform at some of 2022’s biggest events including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
The Critical Mass collective is made up of disabled and non-disabled young people to show how genuine inclusion can be achieved in mega-events such as the Commonwealth Games.
Birmingham 2022 Festival in collaboration with DanceXchange, Arts Connect and Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG) present…Critical Mass.
Generously supported by Spirit Of 2012


Critical Mass represents a mass act of collective endeavour – committed, creative, hardworking, and inclusive, a community with purpose. Their work will resonate deeply with every person who has the pleasure of witnessing it. Critical Mass goes beyond dance and is, for many people their first opportunity to define themselves in their own terms and see that this dance form, like their lives, has many options and possibilities, the power of this collective of beautiful and brilliant people cannot be underestimated

Rachel Liggitt, Inclusion Champion

Having the opportunity to take part in this amazing experience is the best feeling ever, meeting so many amazing professional dancers.

Critical Mass Participant

The power of the arts right there – bringing people together, bringing joy and creating a sense of us all being something bigger. What you and the team have achieved is just amazing. You should be so so proud.

Laura, One Dance UK

HATS OFF to the whole team – leaders, supporters, so many proud parents in the audience…you look to me like you are doing what you set out to. Produce high standard inclusive community dance practice – with real care!

Louise, Critical Mass Steering Group

Feeling happy, meeting others and making new friends. I loved the party. Usually in projects, I go to things as Rory with autism and I was Rory the dancer.

Rory, Critical Mass Participant

I have to say, what I saw backstage and onstage looked absolutely on track. Now that is access, respect and acceptance. That’s us Midlanders! My favourite was the dinosaur who cannot be parted from its neurodiverse owner who was simply made a costume and accepted as part of the cast. I went to rehearsal last week and performance on Sunday night and it was MAGICAL ! An absolute triumph of community dance practice and values, everyone was steady and happy backstage, disciplined on, the tone of everyone from the top to the bottom of the artistic hierarchy was universally encouraging and respectful...

People Dancing

Being part of the project has been incredibly beneficial for my mental health so far.

Critical Mass Participant

I thought it was great; speaking purely for the deaf attendees and myself as the interpreter. We had prep, open discussions with the staff, the delivery/pace, visibility etc was all good. I was really pleased to see the openness to discuss accessibility for the deaf participants which is what is needed in all situations.

Jen, BSL Interpreter

One of my participants asked to do a speech at the end of the session to say how much fun she was having, that she loved everyone and felt really supported.

Critical Mass Dance Leader

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