Works with the following audiences: 14-16 Years 17-18 Years 19+ Years People with Disabilities Adults Learned in the following dance styles: Contemporary Creative/Choreography Dance Theatre

Candoco Dance Company



Candoco Dance Company is the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. At the heart of our work are our national and international productions, created by world class choreographers. Alongside these, through our Learning and Development projects and activities we provide access to the highest quality of work for people participating in dance for pure enjoyment, or as part of a developing career. Candoco is a charitable organisation that is a source of inspiration, a source of support, and a source of innovation. We are a passionate, dedicated team of people and we want to show you what dance can be, and who can dance.

Address Details

2T Leroy House, 436 Essex Road

N1 3QP

Contact Details

Telephone: +44(0)20 7704 6845


Website Address

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Candoco Dance Company has been confirmed as a National Portfolio Organisation of the Arts Council England from 2012 onwards. This investment recognises the contribution Candoco Dance Company has made over the last 20 years to the performing arts sector by producing and presenting high quality, innovative works by disabled and non-disabled dancers. It allows us to continue to commission choreographers to create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, change and broaden perceptions of art and ability, are bold and unpredictable, and place people and collaboration at our heart. We aim to bring about change in thinking about dance, about ability, about who is allowed ‘in’ and how we interact with and create our worlds. Learning and Development sits along side performance and creativity in our plans. Both are equally important and support each other. Our integrated and coherent programme will create change in the dance workforce and will lead a shift in attitudes to dance and disability. With a wealth of 20 years experience in creating excellent art; our goal is now to combine that innovative creativity with meeting external expectations and our own aspirations to lead a cultural shift in dance and disability.

Background Information

Candoco Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin. The company developed from workshops led by Celeste and Adam at the Aspire centre, and grew quickly into the first company of its kind in the UK – a professional dance company focused on the integration of disabled and non-disabled dancers. The company won much acclaim from the press, public and from colleagues in the worlds of dance and education and between 1991 and 2005 the company toured to over 50 countries, visiting Europe, Australia, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Co-Artistic Directors Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado were appointed as Celeste’s successors in 2007. Having danced with the company for seven and nine years respectively, they have brought a natural understanding of the company’s ethos to the role and are now making their mark on the future direction of the organisation. To date they have commissioned a very wide range of choreographers to give our audiences as diverse an experience as possible! These have included Hofesh Shechter, Nigel Charnock, and Emanuel Gat. Candoco is proud to have consolidated our presence on the mainstream middle scale touring circuit in the UK and internationally. We give over 30 performances on average each year. Over the next few years we have plans to develop really exciting new work for these stages, as well as other kinds of productions that will allow us to work in different spaces.