Cheshire Dance

Cheshire Dance

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Physical disabilities
  • Young people

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Cheshire Dance (Registered Charity 1020584) is a dance development organisation, generating opportunities with people and partner organisations to create, learn and experience dance.  It runs an extensive programme of dance, including professional development for dance artists and other professionals, inclusive dance engagement in community, health and education sectors and it produces the outdoor international dance and street arts festival, Now Northwich every October. 


Cheshire Dance leads the artistic provision and support of dance across Cheshire.   We champion diversity as a source of creativity and the critical role of dance artists in public engagement.

We engage and celebrate with participants, audiences, artists and other organisations to enable everyone’s dancing voice to be nurtured and heard.  Through creative, person-centred practice and as part of a sector rich in expertise we deliver, develop and promote dance in all its forms.  We prioritise the needs and ambitions of:-

  • Dance artists and community professionals (teachers, care, youth and health staff)
  • Young people in community and school settings, in areas of low arts engagement and for young talent development.
  • People with disabilities in day care and community settings
  • Older people in health, community, care and home settings
  • Dance originating from Black and Minority Ethnic cultures

Cheshire Dance is a registered charity, established in 1976.  We co-ordinate Dance Consortia North West and are proud to be a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and a lead dance provider across Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Boroughs.

We partner with many organisations across public, arts and voluntary sectors to :-

  • Facilitate more than 30 regular dance groups, initiate bespoke projects and support Continuing Professional Development, artist and talent development
  • Co-design place-making celebration events at both small and large scale with communities, whether in theatre spaces or in vastly unusual settings like hospitals, parks, prisons, forests, high streets, museums, beaches, historic buildings and grounds.
  • Showcase dance talent and community ambition, including programming incoming dance touring companies and developing audiences for dance and the arts.
  • Realise a strong and flourishing dance and arts sector, where those touched by the transformative power of dance are living and working in communities that are thriving.

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