The Dance Movement was a registered charity that existed to help people connect through participation in dance; the work was driven by the belief that when people come together to create, perform, watch and be involved in dance, their lives can be enriched and changed for the better.

The specialist dance programmes were designed and delivered to inspire and empower people to improve their lives through artistic expression. Dance was used 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. TDM worked with local authorities and stakeholders in the wellbeing of young people in need, to seek out those who did not ordinarily have opportunities to dance because the Charity believed everyone, especially those facing extreme life challenges, should have the opportunity to express themselves and grow as individuals.  Between 2013 and 2020 Arts Council England South East supported TDM through project funding, arguably because of the effort the Charity was taking to ensure the movement of people who found personal fulfilment through dance in Surrey was more diverse.  TDM was a local charity with an ambition to reach out to a regional and national audience.

TDM's Dance & Develop Programmes:

  • Thrive Dance Academy (for NEETs and Looked After Children)
  • Thrive Youth Dance Company
  • Wise Words (for Young Carers)
  • Leg-it Boys Dance Programme
  • Youth Contemporary Dance and Coalesce Youth Dance Companies
  • Infant & Primary School Curriculum Dance Programme
  • Infant & Primary After School Dance Programme
  • Community Performance Programmes

Watch & Perform Programme:
TDM produced and devised dance performances for members of the public and secured Arts Council England's investment to do so.

Always on the look out for innovative approaches to enable people to encounter and connect to dance meaningfully, this programme enabled the Chairty to devise and test new performative dance models in-house and in partnership with other choreographers and companies.  TDM was robust in its evaluation of these projects in order to disseminate learning from the practice widely, to other areas of the UK and overseas.
The watch programme included: a community dance festival; a curated programme of professional dance at Farnham Maltings; an annual outdoor performance involving 100+ local school children; and devised performances which aimed to help people connect to each other and consider their place in the world.