A CONCERT showcasing the dance and vocal skills of people with learning disabilities, deaf people and the visually impaired is to take place at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale.

The free event features performers from Trafford based Touchdown Dance and dance facilitator Toni Charlesworth, 26, said she enjoys her work with the group.

Toni said: “Since I first started, student expectations have increased rapidly. They are lovlely people and they care about each other and me.

“I expect professional standards from them, I dislike the word disability.”

On Tuesday mornings, Toni teaches the health benefits of dance, followed by a creative session where Toni, a qualified choreographer, shows them techniques to work out their own routines.

Both groups are rehearsing for a free concert on March 25.

The dancers voted to perform disco while the choir wanted to sing Mamma Mia and It’s Raining Men.

In the afternoon workshop, deaf people enjoy a sing and sign session.

Toni said: “They sometimes struggle with word pronunciation, so it helps them to speak.”

Aisha Jackson, 25, doesn’t let slight learning disabilities stop her working as a cinema usherette or serving on the board of Future Visions, a charity which helps people with learning disabilities.

“I have lots of friends here,” she said. “My mum will film the concert on her phone.”

* The concert takes place at 11.30am and anyone interested in finding out more about the workshop should call 0161 912 5760 or visit touchdowndance.co.uk.