We believe everyone has the right to practice, learn, watch and appreciate dance, regardless of age or ability.
With over 30 years’ experience delivering dance to the community, Green Candle is one of the UK’s leading dance charities known for the high quality and originality of its work involving both young and older people with and without disabilities.
Our main objective is to provide dance experiences to those with least access to it, within both educational and community settings. At Green Candle we make sure that everyone fulfils his or her right to watch and participate in dance regardless of age or ability.
Established by Artistic Director Fergus Early, Green Candle Dance sets out to explore, through dance, some of the most challenging human issues we face as individuals, as communities and as a society.
The company’s aims and Objectives are as follows:
To present dance theatre performances of the highest artistic standards in both conventional and unconventional performance spaces
To bring dance, as performance and as practice to all parts of the community, and especially to those who have traditionally been denied access to it and by so doing to develop new audiences and new practitioners for the art
To develop the educational potential in every aspect of the company’s working practices, collaborating closely with formal and informal education structures to further knowledge, skills and appreciation of dance and associated arts, and through art to develop and enhance other life skills
To disseminate the company’s skills and experience of dance in specific community and education areas through training courses, secondments and exchanges
To present opportunities for people of all ages and in every phase of their lives to learn through doing, watching and appreciating dance
To use dance to enhance people’s mental and physical health both within and outside of formal healthcare settings
To pursue new initiatives which expand the context, aesthetics and range of dance practice and where relevant to evaluate, document and publish outcomes and results of such initiatives.
To act as an effective advocate for the importance of dance and art in the development and maintenance of healthy communities
To operate an effective equal opportunities policy in all aspects of its work.