Athletes will swear up and down that endorphins generated by exercise can yield a high akin to the effects of chemical substances. For a group of dancers in northwest England, though, dance really has taken the place of such drugs as heroin and cocaine.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre is a group led by artistic director Paul Bayes-Kitcher, who has previously performed as a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Bayes-Kitcher started the group after working in a drug rehabilitation center. Now, he mixes professional dancers with recovering addicts and stitches the conglomeration together with the discipline of dance.

FADT just finished its first run of public performances, called “Chapter One: Battle for the Soul,” which was performed in Liverpool and Salford through the month of September. The program, however, continues. For more information, check out FADT’s page on Facebook and a story here from BBC News.

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