Children, Autism & Dance Forum

Performance information
6th — 7th October 2022

As part of a UK-wide Children and Dance programme we are delighted to bring you our Children, Autism & Dance Forum on 6 & 7 October 2022. 

This is a series of events aimed at those working with or championing children with autism. 

The programme includes workshops in local schools with dance artist and creator of The Crisp Sandwich Café, Matthew Rawcliffe. If you are interested in hosting workshops at your school please contact our Young People’s Producer Matthew Hawksworth via email on

There will also be three open events for professionals and advocates to gain insights and knowledge into the positive impact of dance on children and young people with autism. 

All events are offered as Pay What You Can to ensure that our work is accessible for all. Any contribution to help us make a difference is most welcome.

Online discussion with Forest Tribe (YouTube Premiere)

Thursday 6th October at 12 noon

Forest Tribe have created Evolve, an immersive multi-sensory show crafted for children and young people with autism and complex learning needs. Join the discussion with the dance company and Pavilion Dance Performance Producer Jeanette Hinton.

BSL and in-person captions provided.

NO BOOKING REQUIRED. Running time: 60 mins


Championing Children & Autism: In conversation with teacher Amy McGowan

Live online talk and Q&A

Friday 7th October at 10am

Amy McGowan is an inspiring SENCo and Designated Teacher at Sedgefield Community College in County Durham. Amy, her team & her pupils were featured in the BBC documentary Paddy & Christine McGuiness: Our Family and Autism.

BSL and in-person captions provided. 

Running time: 60 mins


Booking for this event closes at 3pm on Thursday 6th October.

Creating New Work for Children and Autism: Artist’s Insights with Matthew Rawcliffe

Live presentation & CPD opportunity

Friday 7th October at 2pm at Pavilion Dance 

Join dance artist Matthew Rawcliffe & Autism Keyworker Hannah Miles to hear more about the creation of The Crisp Sandwich Cafe, an autism-friendly performance, created for young people. Matthew Rawcliffe works internationally as a dance artist & choreographer & was grand finalist in BBC Young Dancer 2019. Hannah Miles is Autism Keyworker for the project & teaches regularly for Ransack Dance and True Fit Collective.

Running time: 60 mins


Recommended Audience for all events: All makers of dance, practitioners, producers, teachers and advocates of children & young people with autism.

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