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Wheelchair dance club flourishing in Exeter

This club has around 50 members. Credit: ITV News

A club in Exeter which hosts a weekly wheelchair dance says they're attracting dancers from across the South West - and now boast more than fifty members.

The sport was pioneered almost five decades ago and has become one of the most popular sports for disabled athletes.

The main focus is on socialising and having fun - though some members train for competition. Credit: ITV News

The Isca Wheelchair dancers are now celebrating their seventh year - with participants coming as far as Cornwall and Somerset.

People can take part in a huge variety of dances from the Waltz...

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to the Boogie....

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and even that old favourite, La Macarena!

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Natasha Cole founded the club back in 2010, as a place for those with disabilities to come and dance from across the region.

She says the emphasis is on inclusivity

Everybody has their own form of disability and it's not easy for everyone to do all the movements or to keep really good timing.

It's not about our precision, it's about our enjoyment.

– Natasha Cole
People travel from far and wide to take part. Credit: ITV News

Some train and aim to dance competitively, but the emphasis is on taking part and socialising.

Alisa Spackman says that meeting people is one of the joys of the class.

The group receives support from the Big Lottery fund, allowing them to expand and include new members.

They hope it will allow them to keep spinning their wheels and strutting their stuff for a long time to come.

You can watch Nick Smith's full report below, including the moment he asked a couple a rather dangerous question... who's the better dancer?