The Dance Movement's new programme of work has been awarded £45,950 to transform lives through dance

20 June 2018

'Dance Transformations' has been awarded £45,950 National Lottery funding.  The programme has been designed to positively transform the lives of vulnerable young people & boys through dance.

The 18-month programme of participation, choreography and performance opportunities specifically targets boys and vulnerable young people. The Dance Movement is partnering with organisations & charities that work in the youth sector to ensure those most in need can access culturally enriching dance programmes that support their personal development & help to transform their lives.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England said:

“We’re delighted to support Dance Transformations thanks to National Lottery funding. It is really important that everyone has the opportunity to participate in and experience arts and culture, no matter what their background or circumstance. I’m excited to see how this project benefits young people across Surrey and Hampshire; and to see how others could learn from the activity.”

Participants,including young carers, NEETs, looked after children and homeless young people, will be given the opportunity to make, perform and watch dance. They will develop relationships over a sustained period, with some of the dance sector’s most experienced choreographers & dancers including: Charlotte Vincent, Tom Hobden, Robert Clark, Fiona Milward and Rachel Deadman.

The project has six main strands of activity, including: Thrive Dance Academy, an intensive dance training programme for NEET & Looked After Children; Extraordinary Objects, which brings together homeless young people and professional dancers; and Leg-it, a programme of participation & performance for boys led by inspirational male role models including Tom Hobden & New Adventures.

Rachel Deadman, Programme Director, The Dance Movement, said: “I am thrilled that the Arts Council believe in our values and vision and I cannot wait to get started on delivering this programme of work with my team.  At a time where funding cuts are affecting the most vulnerable in our society it is an absolute gift to have been given this money to affect positive change in the lives of those young people who are all too often being let down by the very people who should be caring for them.

Having worked in the dance sector for the last 17 years I have seen countless times the difference a dance project can make to the life of a vulnerable young person. I am humbled and honoured to be able to go ahead with this work and thank Arts Council England from the bottom of my heart for believing in The Dance Movement and this project.”

The funding has been awarded through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.  Project Grants is ACE's new open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects, funded by the National Lottery. The fund will support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

For more information please contact:
Nick Tapper, Communications Officer, South East, Arts Council England
Tel: 020 7268 9653 / Email:
Duty Press Contact:
Tel: 07595 091 334 / Email:

Notes to Editors

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.