Dancefest is the dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and runs a vibrant year round programme that includes classes, projects and performances.
Classes for all ages and abilities take place in venues in the two counties. Participants get the opportunity to perform both informally and in the annual showcase.
Dancefest leads many projects each year. These vary in size and scale, from one off workshops to site specific performances. Work is undertaken for schools, within the curriculum and after school, and community groups, including organisations working with the elderly, disabled people and youth clubs.
Dancefest also designs and manages its own projects, which include Jigsaw, an annual integrated performance project, dance films and site specific work.
Dancefest leads Worcestershire Dance Promoters which brings together the county’s venues to work on audience development, programming and participation.
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
‘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