Coming soon - our Big Dance Fortnight 8-23 July of dance events, performances and workshops across Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Arts Council England Funding

We're pleased to confirm that we remain part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2018-2022.

Dancefest’s Director, Rose Beeston, says: “We‘re a small organisation and yet we reach a large number and range of people each year. The support of the Arts Council is vital in enabling us to continue to develop and build on this work, to make a real difference to the quality of life in our communities, and to raise income from a wide variety of other sources.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: "Dancefest is experienced at creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience the joy of dance. Its work gives people the chance to dance just for fun, or with the support they need to take their talents to the next level. Over the coming years we look forward to seeing our funding support Dancefest to inspire more people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

The funding climate is difficult for the arts sector and we still face a challenging future but this is great news and gives us a strong foundation on which to build our future plans.

We send congratulations to all NPO organisations, both old and new, and our thoughts are also with colleagues who have been unsuccessful.

Summer Fun

There are lots of ways to get involved with Dancefest this summer:

Develop and Deepen Advanced Contemporary class (18+) on Thursday 6 July at the University of Worcester.

Watch Out Worcester Performance Project (18+) Saturday 15 July at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, to create a short pop up performance for Watch Out Worcester on Saturday 22 July.

We're leading dance workshops for children at the Three Choirs Festival on Tuesday 25 July.

There's a Big Jigsaw Inclusive Dance Summer School (16+) on Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 August at the Courtyard in Hereford.

One World In Our Park is on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 August and Monday 28 August at the Horizon Centre and Fort Royal Park in Worcester.

We're running some of our Chance to Dance classes in Worcestershire over the summer holidays. Contact Elizabeth Crosswell to find out more.

Our Big Dance Fortnight

Big Dance Picnic
Saturday 8 July, 12 noon, Cripplegate Park, Tybridge St, Worcester WR2 5BA. Bring a picnic and a blanket to this afternoon of dance and music, with performances by our children’s dance groups and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Ledbury Poetry Festival
Sunday 9 July. Dancefest’s Elevate and Elevate Junior Youth Dance Companies, Chance to Dance Company for dancers aged 50+, DFA (Dancefest Adults) and Hereford DFY (Dancefest Youth) have created new dance inspired by poetry and they’ll be dancing on Ledbury High Street at around 3pm.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dancing
Thursday 13 July, 7pm, Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ. A dance performance by students in primary, secondary and further education, celebrating excellence in dance in education throughout the county.

Goldstar
Tuesday 18 July, 2pm, Burford House Garden Store, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8HQ Over 130 children from Herefordshire and Worcestershire schools perform dance inspired by children's literature moving through the gardens as much-loved stories are brought to life through dance.

Moving Pictures - Grease (55+)
Wednesday 19 July, 11am-4pm, Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9JR. A screening of Grease, lunch and dance workshops inspired by the film, including a seated dance workshop. Booking: courtyard.org.uk, 01432 340555

Watch Out Worcester
Saturday 22 July, from 12 noon Worcester City Centre. A new free event for the city. Theatre, dance, music, spoken word and visual arts in outdoor and unusual spaces, created and performed by local and visiting artists and companies.

Quiet Revolution
Saturday 22 July at Watch Out Worcester and Sunday 23 July, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm, South Lawn, National Trust Croome, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW. Two of Dancefest’s performance groups, DFA and Chance to Dance Company, come together to perform a stirring and poignant piece of dance theatre that highlights how the First World War fundamentally changed the roles of women.

Dance classes for all ages

Our autumn term starts on Wednesday 13 September and early bird booking opens in mid August.

We run over 30 weekly classes across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Mailing list

Join our mailing list for regular updates and please get in touch if have any questions.

Support us

A regular or one off donation however small is gratefully received and will support Dancefest’s continuing contribution to the cultural life of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

Donate

If you'd like to discuss ways you can support Dancefest with absolutely no pressure to commit, please contact Melissa Porter.

Youth Dance
We have lots of classes and projects for young people and audition each year for our youth dance companies. We provide information, support and performance opportunities for young dancers and choreographers.

Arts Award
Dancefest is an Arts Award supporter. Young people can use our classes, workshops and performances to help them gain an Arts Award.

Big Jigsaw - Access and Inclusion
Big Jigsaw is Dancefest's access and inclusion project and aims to challenge, surprise and push boundaries in integrated dance, working with disabled and non-disabled performers of all ages.

Case studies - who takes part in Dancefest's classes and projects?

We've been talking to people who come to our classes, to celebrate their achievements and help other people see how they can get involved with Dancefest.

Read the case studies

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