Everyday People Choreography Project 2016:  Funded by Arts Council England and Supported by Farnham Maltings © Pippa Samaya

The Dance Movement is a registered charity that exists to help people connect through participation in dance; we passionately believe that when people come together to create, perform, watch and be involved in dance, their lives are enriched and changed for the better.

Our specialist dance programmes are designed and delivered with the key objective of inspiring and empowering people to improve their lives through artistic expression. We work with local authorities and stakeholders in the wellbeing of young people, to seek out those who do not ordinarily have opportunities to dance because we believe everyone, especially those who face extreme challenges in their lives, should have the opportunity to express themselves and grow as individuals.

We use dance as a tool to help people develop personal, social and physical skills so they might live fuller, happier lives with a greater chance of maximising their own potential.We specialise in developing programmes of work for under-represented and often vulnerable groups of young people because we want to ensure the movement of people who grow and find personal fulfilment through dance is diverse. We are a local charity with an ambition to reach out to a regional and national audience.

CREATE and MAKE Dance Programme:
Dance programmes and opportunities for young people for whom access into dance isn't straightforward.

  • Thrive Dance Academy (for NEETs and Looked After Children)
  • Wise Words (for Young Carers)
  • Leg-it Boys Dance Programme
  • YCD and Coalesce Youth Dance Companies
  • Primary School Youth Dance Programme

WATCH Dance Programme:
Producing and devising dance performances for members of the public.

We look for innovative approaches to enable people to watch, make and perform outstanding dance.Through this programme we are committed to devising and testing models of dance that help people connect to dance profoundly.We are robust in our evaluation of these projects and strive to disseminate our practice widely, to other areas of the UK and overseas.

Our watch programme includes: a community dance festival for members of the public to watch & participate in dance; a curated mini-programme of professional dance performance at Farnham Maltings; an annual large-scale community performance involving 100+ local people; and our own devised performances which help people connect to each other and consider their place in the world.

Listen to Nicky Norton and Rachel Palmer talk about the pathways they undertook to have careers in Dance.