About Us

Dancefest is the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Participation, projects and performance are our focus. Dancefest works independently and collaboratively to deliver, support development and raise the profile of dance in the area. 

We believe that participating in dance is a creative, learning experience that benefits health and well being, and that watching dance performances can excite, challenge, inform and push boundaries. 

Classes take place in venues in the two counties. They are for all ages, from toddlers to people in their 80s, and for all abilities, from experienced dancers developing and extending their skills, to people who have never danced before.
 
There are regular performance opportunities, from informal sharings to theatre-based performances.
 
Dancefest leads many projects each year. These vary in size and scale, from small one-off workshops to mid scale site specific work, regular projects such as Jigsaw (a biennial  inclusive performance project), dance films and collaborations with other artists and organisations.
 
We offer extensive work for schools, colleges and universities, both within the curriculum and after school, and with community groups, including organisations working with older people, disabled people, and young and disadvantaged people.
 
Dancefest leads Worcestershire Dance Promoters which brings together the county’s venues to work on audience development, programming and participation.

Staff

Rose Beeston - Manager

Karey Parsons - Administration and Marketing Officer

Michele Holder - Herefordshire Co-ordinator

Elizabeth Crosswell - Worcestershire Dance Worker

Clare Wood - Worcestershire Dance Worker and Youth Dance Coordinator

Janene Wyatt - Herefordshire Dance Worker

Poppy Marriott - Administration and Marketing Assistant

Our Dance Teachers

Dancefest's Board of Trustees

Our Annual Report 2012-2013

‘Thankyou for all of your work and the inspiration you give both teachers and children’ – Teacher, Leominster Infants School 

‘It was good to be a part of a project like this and made all of the rehearsals worthwhile – very rewarding’ – Jigsaw 2013 participant

‘I think that everything Dancefest offers is excellent! The chance to be part of a huge community of dancers of all ages and all abilities who are dancing because they/we love it!’ – Adult Choreography participant

‘Fantastic'- great fun and I feel part of a big family called Dancefest!’- Fusion participant

‘I love learning new styles and being creative’ – Hereford Senior Youth Dance participant

‘We all look forward to our wonderful classes and to the enjoyment of being in each other's company’ – Chance to Dance participant

‘Good variety, lots of opportunities to go to performances and events’ audience response

‘Making friends through the process of having fun and performing, doing something I enjoy’ class participant