Supporting dance

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We believe dance plays a key part in contemporary culture; it covers a wide range of aesthetics and styles and takes place in a wide range of settings. 

Thirteen dancers with their backs to the camera, dance on a stage with classical musicians behind them.
Hofesh Shechter: Political Mother -The Choreographer’s Cut 2015.Photo © Victor Frankowski

During 2014–15 we invested £114.2 million to fund touring companies, development agencies and festivals as well as individual artists and producers. It is our role to support the talent, production and distribution of dance. We promote development and networking opportunities and work closely with artists and organisations to develop new ways of presenting dance.  By doing this we hope to widen the understanding and appreciation of the many and varied kinds of dance, influenced by the social and demographic richness of British society, and other artforms.

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Grants for the Arts

Artists and organisations from all kinds of dance can apply for our open funding programme

U Dance ballet dancer performs on wooden bench in front of a harbour.

Dance for children and young people

Encouraging young people both to dance and see dance is one of our priorities. We fund organisations such as U Dance to help achieve this

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

Members of Flex Dance perform in the grounds of a church, watched by a family audience.

Performance and professionalism

Flex Dance in Durham is a dance company comprised of dancers with learning disabilities. The company is proving disability is not a barrier to creativity or ability

U Dance ballet dancer performs on wooden bench in front of a harbour.

Oh I do like to dance beside the seaside

Anneliese Slader, Relationship Manager for Dance in the South West, brings us a blog post about her experiences at Youth Dance England’s ‘U.Dance’ in Plymouth this July

Dancers from Dancefest's Elevate Youth Comapny perform on a darkened stage in white outfits during Big Dance Week

Getting the West Midlands dancing

Supported by our funding, Dancefest got more than 1,300 in Herefordshire and Worcestershire dancing as part of its Big Dance Week.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 2. U.Dance 2015 - Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photo © Kevin Clifford 3. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 4. Kevin Edward Turner leads a youth dance workshop with Company Chameleon. Photo © Joel Chester Fildes 5. South East Dance. Audience Ambassadors © Zoe Manders. 6. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Christopher Parkes / Stopgap Dance Company 7. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts. 8. U.Dance 2015 - Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photo © Kevin Clifford 9. Elevate, Dancefest's Herefordshire Youth Dance Company performing at Accelerate as part of Dancefest's Big Dance Week 2015. Photo © Dancefest / Photograph by Clare Wood 10. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 11. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 12. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 13. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 14. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 15. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre, February 2014. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 16. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 17. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate