The key mission of Yorkshire Dance is to champion the value of dance and its development in Yorkshire.
1. Raise standards of teaching, choreographic development and community practice
2. Increase knowledge and understanding of community dance, of the creative process, of performance and appreciation
3. Foster creativity and innovation with communities, artists, teachers and managers
At the heart of Yorkshire Dance is dance practice and performance developed from personal expression, reflecting the unique qualities of each individual choreographer or group choreography, with or without the underpinning of traditional dance technique or elite training. Yorkshire Dance develops dance that is located in contemporary creative practice, which is inclusive and facilitatory in approach*. This dance celebrates the personal qualities of each individual or group and advocates professionalism as an attitude, focus and intent. We believe this creates contemporary dance that is relevant to modern day life: be it thought provoking, intelligent, humorous, beautiful, moving, challenging or all of these.
The dialogue between professional dance artists and the community is essential: the exchange between the best of professional practice with participants, families and communities in life enriching and deeply inspiring ways.
By facilitating artists, both leading and emerging, to work in a holistic, integrated way with communities we create excellent experiences of dance, building new audiences whilst making a significant impact on artistic practice.
Underpinning this practice is a drive for research, development and innovation on the small scale built on the authentic experience of its’ makers and reflecting the dancing body in all its richness and diversity – be that old-young, trained-untrained, gay-straight, disabled or non disabled. We are also interested in the way collaborative, interdisciplinary practice informs risk taking and innovation.
Yorkshire Dance enables artists to take the lead: to develop dance leadership in a number of ways; curating spaces, programmes of work, driving artistic projects, running courses or businesses. Our programmes are inclusive and seek to reach into and reflect society in its rich and complex diversity.
* This approach challenges more traditional hierarchical forms of dance training and dance making.