Hampshire Dance initiates high quality opportunities for artists, participants and audiences to enjoy and excel in dance.
Since being established in 1991, we have developed innovative dance practice and built up a strong track record of effective partnership working. Following a period of rapid growth and continued investment, Hampshire Dance has now ceased to be regularly funded by Arts Council England. We are undergoing a period of reorganisation and will be focussing on commissioning and producing excellent dance experiences for both participants and audiences.
At the heart of Hampshire Dance is a belief that dance can have a transforming impact on people’s lives and a desire to play an enabling role in their journeys through dance.
We aim to:
- Support dance artists and practitioners to achieve their full potential.
- Create innovative opportunities for young people and adults to participate in dance.
- Commission artistically excellent dance which develops and engages new and existing audiences.
- Cultivate a sustainable company infrastructure and strengthen and diversify our income base.
These aims are delivered through a coherent and vibrant programme encompassing youth dance and professional development for artists.
During the course of the last three years we have:
- Led strategically on significant developments for youth dance in the south east
- Provided robust scientific evidence of the health benefits of dance for young people and presented the findings to policy makers and politicians
- Commissioned innovative choreographic works for youth companies and young audiences
- Initiated training and performance opportunities to support dance graduates as they make the transition from education into the dance profession
- Collaborated on the creation of new opportunities for dance artists to present choreographic work and receive feedback
- Delivered numerous high quality opportunities for young people of all levels of ability to participate and develop in dance
- Achieved a total of 11,406 people watching dance performances and 4,923 people taking part in workshops, classes, projects and courses