Yorkshire Dance is a charity which champions the value of dance and its development in Yorkshire. We do so by raising standards, increasing knowledge and understanding and by fostering creativity and innovation.
We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance that is rooted in their creativity, in their lives and in their communities, with the power to transform and inspire.
We create opportunities for emerging and established artists and practitioners to research, create and present new contemporary work, at a range of scales and in communities, developing their skills, expertise and networks.
We create opportunities for people to experience dance by working with partners in local authorities and the arts, in health and in sport, building a region-wide infrastructure for dance development.
At the heart of our work at Yorkshire Dance is a commitment to dance that is located in contemporary creative practice. We work with choreographers and dancers who see themselves as activists and who are interested in exploring dance as an agent for social change.
We support collaborative, interdisciplinary practice, risk taking and innovation and processes that are underpinned by a drive for artistic research.
We are committed to working with artists to both deepen their choreographic enquiry and to consider meaningful and stimulating ways in which a wider community of local people can engage with or help shape that enquiry.
We are interested in dance that is rooted in the experience of its makers and performers and reflects the dancing body in all its richness and diversity of culture, heritage, age or training.
We advocate for inclusive processes that facilitate people from a wide range of backgrounds to discover the power of dance in daily life.