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Candoco Dance Company is a contemporary physically integrated dance company, founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin. The company is based at Aspire National training centre in Stanmore, North London.[1]


Dandeker, who had previously trained with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, suffered a fall whilst dancing on stage.[2][3] The resulting spinal injury prevented her from dancing until choreographer Darshan Singh Buller persuaded her to dance again, albeit from her wheelchair, for the subsequently award-winning dance film The Fall.[4]

Dandeker met Benjamin in 1990, they began teaching an integrated class from which grew the origins of Candoco Dance Company, which, since its inception in 1991, has, [5] subsequently won many awards.[6]


Benjamin choreographed much of the early companies work, leaving the company in 1998, and Dandeker went on to commission work by many established choreographers including Rafeal Bonachela, Fin Walker, Siobhan Davies, Javier De Frutos, Stephen Petronio and Nigel Charnock amongst many others. In 2007 Dandeker retired and Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado have been appointed as her successors.

2012 Paralympic Games and related performances[edit]

In 2008 Candoco took part in the Handover Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, representing Britain. It was the first time disabled artists were present in both events in the history of the games.[7][8] The company performed at both the opening[9] and closing ceremonies[10] of the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.


  1. ^ "Contact". Candoco Dance Company. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Celeste Dandeker OBE Wins Jane Attenborough Dance UK Industry Award 2007". Dance UK. 23 Jan 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Roy, Sanjoy (6 January 2009). "Step-by-step guide to dance: Candoco". London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Suzanne (28 March 2002). "Celeste Dandeker...Anything But Bland". ballet.magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Background". Candoco Dance Company. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Awards". Candoco Dance Company. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Candoco Dance Company (2008–2009 tour)". British Council. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dancers to lead Olympic handover ceremony". London: Guardian. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Marsden, Sam (30 August 2012). "Paralympics 2012: the stars of the Opening Ceremony". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  10. ^ Anna Edwards (8 September 2012). "Paralympics closing ceremony: Stars rehearse for tomorrow night's show | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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