Ludus Dance

Ludus Dance

At a glance


  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Geographical remit: 


The company is established to:

Encourage and advance the appreciation of the art of dance and its associated art forms by the public particularly by providing opportunities for people to create, watch and take part in dance predominantly but not exclusively in the North West of England.

These objects are supported by the core organisational mission of Ludus Dance: - To inspire, engage and
empower through dance. Ludus Dance’s values are:

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Authenticity

The charitable objects, organisational mission and values provide the framework for all of the activities of Ludus
Dance. These are articulated through the vision.

The vision is of a world where everyone has the right and ability to access high quality dance experiences
produced to the highest standard leading to a lifelong engagement in the arts. This vision centres on the
essential aims of:

  • Cultural Engagement and Progression A connected offer, targeting communities and individuals in areas where the arts are under-represented. Adopting a needs led approach, maximizing potential to help young people develop life skills.
  • Artistic Excellence in Production High quality facilitation to amplify the youth voice through practice and training.
  • Diverse People and Practices Co-creating socially, culturally, politically and environmentally relevant work that belongs to everyone.
  • Financial Rigour Stable and ethically driven.
  • Operational Rigour Robust systems, processes, staffing and policies in place to underpin all aspects of delivery and development.


Founded in 1975, as a workers co-operative by dance artists, performers and political activists, Ludus Dance was the UK’s first ‘Dance in Education’ company. Through its early form the founders devised performances for children and young people to engage with topics that were shaping the world they grew up in. These were experienced in education settings and built upon the methods established by the Theatre in Education (TIE) movement. Ludus Dance enjoyed successes at home and across the world.

Over time we have developed into a unique children and young people’s charity that uses dance to empower the next generation to find meaning and purpose in the world. To achieve this we offer an annual series of developmental dance programmes. These support marginalised individuals, their families and support systems alongside exceptional emerging dance artists. Our fundamental passion is to ensure all our young people work together to flourish.

To deliver our mission, vision and core aims, activity has been split across six core strands:

  • Inclusion
  • Artist Development
  • Cultural Education and Heritage
  • Youth Dance and Talent Development
  • Studio Programme
  • Central Events

Current opportunities

Lancashire, LA1 1TH

Ludus Dance is looking for new trustees with the vision and/or experience to lead and support the Charity as it approaches it’s 50th year! We are...