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

The Dance Movement delivers three dance programmes from its place of residence at Farnham Malting; these aim to nurture, develop and sustain dance in the community.

Teaching People to Dance in Schools and in the Community.....

Developing & bringing together those who work in dance, or aspire to.....

Creating exceptional performances with and for the community.....

The NURTURE programme is focussed on dance teaching and is central to our work as it is our means of meeting people and starting them off on their dance journey; whether as life–long recreational dancers, professional dancers, dance teachers or dance audience members.

On average the Company engages around 600 young people and adults in weekly dance activity.  This is achieved by working in partnership with many different people in a variety of places, including: arts venues, schools, local authorities, charities and voluntary organisations.

Our dance teaching is delivered through regular weekly dance sessions, one-off dance days and longer-term projects and all focus on improving the well-being of people through dancing.

The DEVELOP programme provides routes for students, dancers & dance providers to progress in dance.

Helping people to develop is a fundamental principle of The Dance Movement because we know that when people flourish they feel good, grow in confidence & are able to make fantastic things happen.

Current activity includes: 

  • Opportunities for dancers and students to work with exceptional choreographers to stimulate their dance practice and develop their skills;
  • Networking events where dancers & dance providers can meet & make future delivery plans;
  • Countywide dance challenges that develop opportunities for dance providers to engage more people in dance.

Nicky Norton, Dancing in SEED, 2007
© Sammi Fang

The SUSTAIN programme produces, devises and programmes 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 sustain 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.