An Accrington charity has launched a two-week campaign of free dance workouts every morning after a welcome boost in funding.

Launching on Zoom on Monday, DanceSyndrome said it will run 30-minute ‘Wake N Dance’ sessions at 9am every weekday for the next two weeks with its two ‘Dancing Daves’ – dancers David Darcy and David Corr.

The charity, which specialises in teaching people with disabilities to dance, received over £30,000 in emergency funding from Arts Council England due to coronavirus, which it says has enabled it to carry out the sessions.

DanceSyndrome’s managing director, Dawn Vickers, said: “Our ‘Dancing Daves’ are such a great team and we know they will bring a smile to the faces of so many people through these sessions.

“What better way to start your day than dancing and smiling? These online sessions are designed to bring a bit of normality and fun into people's lives at a challenging time.

“We know people are starting to go out into the world again but that can be very anxiety provoking, especially for people with a learning disability, so we want to help people to start their day in the right way with an activity that is great for positive mental health!”

The sessions will start on Monday 13 July and run until Friday 24 July, but the charity confirmed the workouts will continue throughout the summer if there is enough demand.

Since lockdown began, the charity was forced to rapidly adapt and began delivering workshops online using Facebook, YouTube and Zoom.

It is unclear when people will be able to return to their regular community dance sessions, but the charity hopes to reopen for face-to-face workshops soon.