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Dancing and disability: Why anyone can take to the dance floor

PUBLISHED: 14:35 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 01 December 2017

Liesl Hammer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Liesl Hammer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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It is often assumed that disabled people can’t dance - but LIESL HAMMER, who is from Norwich and has cerebral palsy, says wheelchair users can strut their stuff with the best of them.

Dance! What does that mean to you?

Do you picture someone standing or sitting? Is it contemporary, modern, hip hop or jazz?

I can tell you it’s all of the above.

Dance is an opportunity for everyone to express themselves and have fun. It is also a great way of doing exercise and explode with energy if you want to.

Unfortunately, some wheelchair uses have no idea what’s on offer for them as it’s never really spoken about. That’s where I come in.

I do wheelchair dancing on a Friday night at the Garage, which is next to the Theatre Royal.

For me, it is a great stress relief from exams. If I’m angry, I can put on some really fast music and throw my self round the room. And if I just want to relax, then a slow methodical song is perfect.

If you’re up for seeing what you and your wheelchair can do, this is the perfect place for you.

Last week I was trying not to run my teachers over as I attempted to do a move. It was hilarious.

The teachers are also amazing. They let me experiment and one of them has a wheelchair for the class.

I think this is really good, as it gives you a deeper connection. They’re finding out what they can do as well.

Who says disabled people can’t dance? I for one believe that anyone can dance. Sometimes it looks much better in wheelchairs.

Sometimes we even do partner dancing, where the teacher stands up and I am sitting down. This also looks really good.

It is not competitive at all. It is just for fun, so don’t worry about that.

Currently I’m the only person doing it, so I would love it if someone else could join me. If you are a wheelchair user with a physical disability only please come along and have a go.

It runs from 6pm to 7pm on Friday at the Garage. It I love it, I’m sure you will too!

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