Strictly Inclusive Policy Brief Launch

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Monday 26 June 2023

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM


Zoom, online



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Join us at the launch event for the Strictly Inclusive Policy Brief, which will be held over Zoom on the 26th June from 13:00-15:00. You’ll be able to hear about the project and what we have learned from talking to industry experts, and will be able to hear from some of them too! It’s a chance to take part in our efforts to recognise the successes of inclusive programming and push to go even further in the future. We’d love to see you there!

This project seeks to connect the public with the BBC’s past, present and future. Coventry University are pleased to have been awarded funding to explore the BBC’s work in televising dance, looking at the impact of Strictly Come Dancing on public audiences and its recent focus on inclusion through dance.

Strictly Come Dancing has addressed inclusion and representation of gender, sexuality and disability, especially in recent years. This project engages dance enthusiasts from disabled and LGBT+ communities in the Midlands region of the UK and promote dance’s capacity to engage in pertinent topics, especially dance’s potential in embracing equity and inclusion. The project team of Dr Karen Wood, Dr Emma Meehan, Professor Susanne Foellmer and Dr Kathryn Stamp collaborates with communities through partnerships with Coventry Pride, the Deaf Cultural Centre and Deaf Explorer in Birmingham to select archival clips, host discussions and generate creative responses as an approach to reflect on Strictly – past, present and future.