Pineapple Salsa

October 26, 2023


Too often, dance can be inaccessible for people with CP, which was the case for Leo.  Thankfully, Leo found somewhere that embraced his desire to dance and made it accessible to him. That place was the world-famous Pineapple Dance Studios, where Leo’s passion was recognised by Pineapple’s founder and CEO, Debbie Moore OBE.

Last week, we were at Pineapple Dance Studios for a unique afternoon of dance with Debbie Moore, and co-led by Leo. We had 50 people with Cerebral Palsy in the studio and many more online, having a wonderful experience.

Here is an extract from the introductory remarks made by UP co-founder and CEO, Emma Livingstone:

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the inclusive attitude that Debbie has carried throughout her career and ingrained in the world class team of choreographers and admin staff that work with her. It was this mindset that meant that Pineapple welcomed Leo to their online dance classes during lockdown and continue to adapt and integrate Leo into their classes. Debbie and all at Pineapple understand the power of movement on our mind, body and soul and that it should be accessible for all.

Leo’s story is a testament to the power of opportunity and the importance of accessible healthcare provisions for all. When we give people with CP the support they need, they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

That’s why UP is calling on the government and the NHS to do more to support adults with CP.  Specifically, that they acknowledge that CP is a lifelong condition and as such offer the annual reviews and pathways of care we know are needed.

We need to ensure that everyone with CP has access to the health, social care, and opportunities they need to live their best lives.”