Stopgap & University of Bedforshire | Research and practice of the inclusive dance syllabus IRIS (EN)

In this workshop, Stopgap Dance Company and Imogen Aujla, introduce the principles and thinking behind the inclusive dance syllabus IRIS, and how it has impacted disabled young participants in their own youth company. Workshop participants will also get to experience an exercise from the syllabus for themselves.


Stopgap Dance Company creates exhilarating dance productions that will take the road nationally and internationally. They employ disabled and non-disabled artists, who find innovative ways to collaborate. Stopgap values a pioneering spirit and is committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance. Stopgap’s productions are devised by the company dancers and collaborators, working as an ensemble under the artistic direction of Lucy Bennett.


The University of Bedfordshire provides dance education and training in a portfolio of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses designed to support students to enter freelance or independent dance careers. The School plays a key role in supporting and nurturing regional dance communities, and impacting the sector globally through research and enterprise activity. The School maintains relationships with graduating students from dance courses and has access to information about graduate employment through the National Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.