The Choughs

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The Choughs Wheelchair Dance Team was formed in 1970 to provide therapy, social activity and recreation for disabled people.  We cover a wide range of dances such as old time, ballroom, disco, modern pop and anything in between.

Margaret Oliver MBE has coached the team from the start, she puts a great deal of time and effort, with no charge, into the team which reflects in the Choughs success over the years.

In 1971 the Choughs entered their first competition at the Hammersmith Palais and emerged as National Champions, a title they have held almost every year since.  The Wheelchair Dancing Association (WDA) the National body, was formed in 1974 with all teams having to observe rules etc. laid down by the controlling body.

Dancing is not the teams sole activity, they are self financing.  Team members pay a subscription each week, at present £1.50.  They also are involved in fund raising activities, street flag days, stalls, car boot sales as well as demonstrations, without which the team would not be able to carry on.

All wheelchairs are provided, and you do not need to be a wheelchair user to qualify to become a member. The Choughs have the same uniform, the gents with a Cornish Hunting tartan waistcoat and the ladies with their skirt in the same, both with matching accessories.

The Choughs practice one a week at St Newlyn East Village Hall.  During the winter months, December to March, we meet on a Thursday afternoon 2-4pm and the rest of the year on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm.  When the team are practicing hard for a competition the practices are usually twice a week.

The Choughs welcome anyone to come to a practice session to watch or have a go!  Ladies and gents, of any age, as long as you can propel a wheelchair.  Our present age range is 24 years to 78 years.   Please come and try the dance experience, no commitment but you will love it.

National Championships

The Choughs retained the National Championship Trophy by an easy margin.  They also won the National Dance Category but share the trophy for the Formation Dance with the Inverclyders  Well Done to all who took part.


The team wish to thank the Duchy Health Trust and the Claire Milne Trust for their sponsorship.

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