The Sound Pad Project: Co-Creation of Breakin', Dance Education, and an Inclusive Educational Technology

Nathan Geering, Simon Hayhoe

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This chapter discusses the experiences of Breakers, choreographers and those with visual impairments who worked collaboratively to develop a participatory dance education, educational technology and choreography project called Sound Pad. The project was constructed and evaluated using a combination of participatory and grounded methodology, a practice framework of the Rationale Method and the development of inclusive capital. This chapter explores the development of this co-created sensorially and intellectually inclusive education and performance through the experiences of dancers-as-teachers, and how this experience informs these dancers’ practice.
The Sound Pad project had four objectives, these were to: develop a participatory dance technology, collaborative choreography and a method of teaching dance, movement and embodiment primarily through residual vision, sound and touch using rationale methodology; encourage people with visual impairment to move more, to feel more included in mainstream dance culture and develop a greater sense of inclusion; have a greater understanding of dance as a performative art form and a public art form; to examine the encouragement of artists in their use of a multi-modal pedagogy as a tool of teaching people with disabilities through different senses.
The Sound Pad project has created a unique form of co-creating, choreographing and learning about dance sequences through imagining mobility and space, and through the co-creation of mobility. Furthermore, all the participants developed new negotiated forms of information that helped them bond, share ideas and subsequently evolve a form of mutual inclusive technical capital / inclusive capital.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusic for Inclusion and Healing in Schools and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationHip Hop, Techno, Grime, and More
EditorsPete Dale, Pam Burnard, Raphael Travis
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780197692684
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023


  • Breakin
  • dance
  • visual impairment
  • blind
  • assistive technology
  • dancing
  • inclusion
  • participatory action research
  • participatory practice
  • co-design


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