Community and young people’s participatory dance & professional performances are delivered right across Cumbria by a range of private and public providers. Together we form a consortium known as Dance Cumbria. Weekly adult dance classes can be found here.
There is a strong infrastructure of youth dance in Cumbria, with at least one youth dance company in each district. These groups are all open access and meet weekly. Details of when each group meets can be found here.
Cumbria also has a flagship countywide youth dance company which auditions each May. The company has 16 members this year and works with local and visiting dance artists to develop creative and technical skills. They perform locally and regionally.
hard2beat is Cumbria’s countywide b.boy project. The core group meets monthly for masterclasses and jams, and welcomes new-comers to share skills and ideas. Session dates for 2011-12 are here. hard2beat will be performing at the 2012 Olympic Torch event in Carlisle on 20th June 2012.
U.Dance Cumbria Festival is an annual celebration of dance within Cumbria’s primary & secondary schools. The event supports classroom teachers to develop their skills in leading and creating dance at all Key Stages, with the added bonus of performing in a theatre venue at the end of the project. The Festival showcases work from over 100 schools in Cumbria and is an increasingly popular event.
CanDance! is Cumbria’s disability dance project for young people aged 14-25 years with a learning disability. They are currently 12 week blocks of weekly classes taking place in each of the county’s six districts until April 2012.
We signpost gifted and talented young people in Cumbria to The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT), Salford. We do this by organising a series of outreach workshops and taster days within secondary schools and youth dance settings each spring in partnership with the CAT scheme.
If you are a dance artist or leader based in Cumbria and would like to receive regular information and updates on local, regional & national dance opportunities or if you would like information on classes please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ring 07584 251352.
Dare Dance is an artist-led initiative working in partnership with Arts Council England, Cumbria County Council and Barrow Borough Council to deliver health, vitality and well-being through Dance.
Dare brings together high calibre artists for research, collaboration and production and provide opportunities for access to innovative, creative projects for a wide range of participants whilst forging links with international artists and organisations to promote cultural exchange.
Dare also works to demonstrate the relevance, accessibility and vitality of Dance in people’s lives by working in a range of different contexts through a variety of forms.
The Brewery Arts Centre is well established as multi purpose arts centre offering high quality professional Theatre, Dance, Music, Art and workshops/classes across all art forms and for all ages. The Education and Outreach team run ‘BYA – Brewery Youth Arts’ of which dance ‘BYD – Brewery Youth Dance’ is a major highlight. With 16 classes weekly dedicated to dance, from 18 months to 60+ (Mature movers), there is something for everyone.
The Brewery is proud of it’s Dance Programming, where audiences can see high quality companies in a range of styles and genres, with two to three companies per season. These are often accompanied by workshops, performance opportunities and CPD.
The Brewery also is proud of it’s festivals which includes a five day dance platform for schools each March (for schools across South Lakeland with over 1,000 young dancers involved last year!). Last year also saw the first ‘Free Range Comedy festival’.
Housed in the beautiful Lake District – Kendal, the Brewery also has a restaurant, 3 bars, a café and cinema and is due to celebrate it’s 40th year in 2012.
To find out more about other Organisations and Practitioners in Cumbria, click here.