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.
We ensure that people’s lives in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are as culturally rich and inspirational as in any of our major cities.
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
Meet the Team
- Kitty Ross - Executive Producer
- Elizabeth Crosswell - Community Engagement Manager and Delivery Lead
- Clare Wood - Community Engagement Manager and Delivery Lead
- Janene Wyatt - Education Manager and Delivery Lead
- Karey Parsons - Marketing and Communications Manager
- Jane Hall - Finance Manager
- Paul Bellamy - Administrator and Office Manager
- Poppy Bowdige - Education Co-ordinator
- 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
Dancefest remains part of Arts Council England’s Investment Programme
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.