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Little Big Dance | 2019-2024

Launched in 2019, Little Big Dance is a national programme pioneering the creation of dance performances for under 5s. It brings dance artists together with 0-5 year-old children, early years specialists and dramaturgs to create new work.

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About Little Big Dance | 2019-2024

The first stage of Little Big Dance supported the creation and touring of two stunning new works by artists George Fellows and Takeshi Matsumoto, delighting young audiences and receiving critical acclaim.

In the second stage of this pioneering programme, 13 artists received training and mentoring in developing work for young audiences. Artist Xenia Aidonopoulou, received the £30,000 Little Big Dance Cycle Two commission, to work with children under five to create and tour Skydiver, a brand new piece of dance work for under five year olds.

Xenia carried out research and development for the piece with children in nurseries and early years settings in all four Little Big Dance partner locations, including in Leeds with Yorkshire Dance.

Skydiver is touring nationally as part of the Little Big Dance programme:

21 Oct, 2023 Dance Umbrella @ Unicorn Theatre, London

22 Oct, 2023 Dance Umbrella @ Stanley Arts, London

24 Oct, 2023 Dance Umbrella at The Place, London

25 Oct, 2023 Dance Umbrella at Studio 3 Arts, London

28 Oct, 2023 Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

29 Oct, 2023 Dance Umbrella at Waterman’s Arts Centre, London

11 Nov, 2023 DanceEast, Ipswich

19 Nov, 2023 Take Art with The McMillan Theatre, Somerset

Xenia says: “Dance theatre for children under five and their grown ups is an extremely rewarding and unique experience for me. What I enjoy most is bringing the magic of dance to these intergenerational audiences in awe-inspiring moments experienced together.”


Little Big Dance Cycle Two is delivered in partnership with dance organisations South East Dance (Brighton), Dance East (Ipswich) and Take Art (Somerset) – an arts organisation with an early years specialism.

Little Big Dance is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England and is supported by Dance Umbrella, Strike a Light Festival and Imaginate/Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.

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