About Us

Dancefest uses the power and joy of dancing to enhance people's lives, enabling everyone to take part in, be inspired by, and express themselves through dance

About us

Dancefest began life in 1990 as a festival to celebrate and raise the profile of dance. It has now grown into the main community dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Dancefest uses the power and joy of dancing to enhance people's lives, enabling everyone to take part in, be inspired by, and express themselves through dance.

Dancefest provides a range of opportunities to enable people to take part in dance, including running more than 35 classes a week based in a wide variety of venues across both counties, five community performance companies for all ages - including an inclusive company - and a range of projects in schools, colleges, universities, community settings and outdoor sites.

Last year the programme attracted around 7,237 people as participants and 6,407 as audiences, a total of 24,673 attendances.

Dancefest encourages curiosity - about contemporary dance, who dances, where dance happens - and many of our performances take place in unusual spaces and places.

We pride ourselves on delivering work of high quality that makes a genuine difference to people’s lives, all led by an experienced professional team.

We're a charity that relies on public donations and fundraising to continue our work. Dancefest is funded with public investment from Arts Council England and Worcester City Council, with additional support from Worcester Municipal Charities, The Bransford Trust, William A Cadbury, Eveson Charitable Trust, The Rowlands Trust, Baron Davenport's Charity, Bruce Wake Trust, Wyre Forest District Council and The Postcode Lottery.

Meet the team

Rose Beeston - Director

Dance Development Team

Michele Holder - Access and Inclusion
Elizabeth Crosswell - Adults
Janene Wyatt - Children (on maternity leave from Jan 2018)
Charlotte Hale - Children (maternity cover Jan-July 2018)
Clare Wood - Young People

Karey Parsons - Marketing Officer
Paul Bellamy - Administrator

Dance teachers

We have a team of an experienced, professional dance teachers.

Board of Trustees

Dancefest has a skilled and dedicated board of trustees

Volunteers

We're grateful to all the people and organisations we collaborate with throughout the year, especially our creative and supportive volunteers.

Our Vision

Using the power and joy of dancing to enhance people's lives

Our Mission

Enabling everyone to take part in, be inspired by and express themselves through dance.

Read our Vision, Mission, Values and Aims

Artistic Statement

Dancefest want 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.

Read our full artistic statement

Annual Report 2016-17

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

Helen Stallard, the Chair of Dancefest’s board and a Communications Consultant, has been talking 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. You can see their stories here. 

Feedback

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

‘It was good to be a part of a project like this and made all of the rehearsals worthwhile – very rewarding’ – Big Jigsaw 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!’ – Choreography class 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

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