Dancefest produces outstanding contemporary dance opportunities

Over three decades we have provided opportunities for over 200,000 people to take part in contemporary dance, through our programme of classes, workshops, school and community projects.

We have created outdoor performances on our high streets, at stately homes and in public open spaces (both urban and rural) reaching audiences of over 150,000 people.  

We have created communities, nurtured young talent, ignited curious minds and restored spirits. We take people on creative journeys and play a key role in the cultural ecology of our region.

Meet the Team

Freelance Dance Teachers

We're always pleased to hear from freelance dance workers so get in touch if you'd like to work with Dancefest.

Our Board

  • Chris Stenton - (Chair) Chief Executive of People Dancing
  • Johnny Autin - International Dance Artist and Choreographer
  • Nicola Gauld - Research Development Impact Manager at the University of Birmingham.
  • Anjali Fowler - Community Builder, Worcester City Council, Vice Chair of Worcester Mela
  • Paul James - Chief Commercial Officer at Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Lucie Mirkova - Head of Programme, Candoco Dance Company
  • Heidi Murphy - Theatre maker, producer and community engagement consultant, Creative Director of CAGED Arts
  • Josh Slater - Deputy Director of Undergraduate Courses at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place

Our Vision

We ensure that people’s lives in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are as culturally rich and inspirational as in any of our major cities.

Our Mission

We collaborate with people; in schools, communities, on the streets and in rural spaces – raising local cultural ambition and transforming people’s lives through the power and joy of dance.


  • Inspire and challenge - educate and advocate
  • Support artists and develop talent
  • Improve health and well-being
  • Enable anyone to take part, facilitating everyday creativity
  • Build cultural ambition for Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Artistic Statement

Dancefest wants people to find joy in dance through being confident and creative participants.

Our highly skilled community dance leaders use contemporary techniques, creative and choreographic skills to work with people of all ages and abilities in a range of settings.


Dancefest has many opportunities to volunteer, from being a member of the Dancefest Board, to helping our dance teachers with classes, stewarding and chaperoning.

Work placements

We offer a limited number of work placements each year, which could include supporting dance classes, project administration and marketing.

Case studies

We've talked to people who come (or used to come) to our classes, to celebrate their achievements and also help other people see how they can get involved with Dancefest.

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Dancefest remains part of Arts Council England’s Investment Programme

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Dancefest is pleased to announce that we remain part of Arts Council England’s Investment Programme for 2023-26, and we thank them and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, for their continued support. Read our full statement here.

Arts Council England Worcester Municipal Charities Eveson Charitable Trust People Dancing Professional Member Arts Award Supporter

Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.