What we do

Dance makes people feel happier, healthier and inspired. So, whatever your age, experience or ability – get involved!

The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project is a three year programme that encourages more people to dance as we prepare to open the doors to The Dance Space.

The Welcome Project will see us building a programme of performances, workshops, discussions and participatory activity. We would love you to be involved! As part of The Welcome Project we are delighted to have received funding from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for an ambitious programme that will provide opportunities for local people in Tarner, Queens Park and the surrounding areas to engage with dance. We are working with a number of organisations to bring our community together with exceptional artists. We are developing a community steering group, a volunteering programme, artist in residence projects and an exciting new annual community curated dance festival, Our City Dances in July.

For more information about The Welcome Project and how to get involved please contact:

Arts Award Supporter

South East Dance is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter . Look out for the blue a symbol throughout our brochures, flyers, newsletter and website – these events and opportunities have been identified as ideal for helping you complete your Arts Award.

If you need some inspiration have a look at:

U.Dance - take part in a regional youth dance platform

Performances  - come and see an exciting, inspiring professional dance performance and review it

Audience Ambassadors - if you are over 18 and new to dance you can get an insiders view of an artists creative process and in creating a dance piece

The Place Partnership Programme – contemporary technique programme for talented dancers aged 11-15 years old

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Audience Ambassador Scheme

We recruit non-dance audiences to attend performances & share their experiences, providing insight in contemporary dance and how it is made. 

We invite people who have no prior experience of dance (as a seer or doer) to attend free shows, behind-the-scenes rehearsals, meet artists over dinner and join discussions as performance is being made.  As part of a selected audience, Ambassadors inform how a show develops by sharing how they experience and see it.

Past Ambassadors have come from a range of backgrounds, including: politics, disability activism, vlogging, comedy and health care. Previous artists that have worked with the Ambassadors include Julian Hetzel, Dan Daw, Tim Casson & Seb Lee De-lisle and Igor and Moreno.

If you’d like to become an Ambassador in the future please email


Andante. Igor & Moreno. Image © Igor & Moreno.

Dance to Health

After running two successful pilot programmes in Oxfordshire, South East Dance is delighted to be delivering Dance to Health programmes across the region.

Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention dance programme developed by Aesop, an arts charity and social enterprise. It combines evidence-based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance. Thanks to a £2.3 million expansion, the national programme will run for two years from November 2017 involving over 800 older people and 800 volunteers. 63 programmes will be delivered across England and Wales in collaboration with regional Health and Dance Partners. 

‘In 2015 and 2016 South East Dance delivered a pilot programme in Oxfordshire, which created 989 opportunities for older people to experience the health and well-being benefits of dance and achieved 73% participant completion rate. We are delighted to be working with Aesop again and with new health partners including Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal British Legion. We have a great team of experienced and professional dance artists and assistants on board who have been trained to deliver the falls prevention programme. We look forward to welcoming volunteers and participants to the classes’. Rose Kigwana, Producer – Community and Participation, South East Dance.

The expansion programme is being delivered thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Peter Sowerby Foundation, Rank Foundation, and the Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury.

South East Dance are supported by NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver six programmes in Oxfordshire and by the Royal British Legion in Kent and Warwickshire to deliver a further two programmes.

It took persuasion from a friend to convince Linda to join the pilot Dance to Health classes in Oxfordshire - she had never danced before, so wasn’t keen. But after the first class, everything changed…

“Before the project, I wouldn’t have thought of it (dance) – absolutely no way. When I retired, I just went to the gym and did an aerobics class, but had to stop that because of my knee. Now the classes have given me a lot more mobility – I love it!”

After six months of dance and movement sessions through Dance to Health, Linda found a new lease of life. She has developed the mobility to climb stairs again, discovered a new circle of friends and is determined to keep dancing.

For more information about Dance to Health please email


Dance to Health is supported by Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation.

The Aldridge South East Dance Academy

The Aldridge South East Dance Academy is a newly launched sixth form course run by South East Dance and the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, opening in September 2017.

A unique collaboration between education and the dance industry, the Aldridge South East Dance Academy gives students the opportunity to study for a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), the equivalent of 3 A levels. The Academy will be the only centre in Brighton offering this qualification, with students combining academic studies with choreography and performance technique and the opportunity to work with respected members of the dance industry.

The sixth formers will be able to choose from a wide range of disciplines to study, including contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, urban and street dance, learning from and having access to a network of dance and performing arts industry experts. There will be opportunities to perform in Brighton and beyond, through the Academy’s network of industry partners.

Read the course fact sheet here.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy has their open evening on Thursday 9 February 6-8pm

Please just turn up and come and find us for a chat and to find out more. Click here for directions

For all enquires relating to the Aldridge South East Dance Academy and our BTEC, please contact Rose Kigwana or call 01273 645265.

Image (c) Ben Johnson.


South East Dance is delighted to continue working in collaboration with The Place, the UK’s premiere centre for dance, to deliver our Sussex Partnership Programme for young people aged 12-15 years.

The scheme partners with The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). It offers young people who show exceptional ability and potential in dance the chance to receive training from highly experienced professionals. Successful applicants benefit from a six-month course which includes a weekly contemporary provision, creative workshops, masterclasses and performance opportunities in the region and at The Place.

Applications for The Place Partnership Programme, Sussex 2018 are now closed.

If you have any questions about the programme please email

NOTE: The programme was formerly known as Brighton Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) satellite scheme.

“I have loved the CAT scheme, the teachers have helped me so much and I can already tell that I have come on over the past six months. I have had constant feedback which has helped me to continuously improve and I have loved performing at events!”  
Tallulah, CAT Brighton Satellite participant 2016

“I have thoroughly loved every single lesson and each time have come back with a new, crucial piece of information that has pushed my knowledge of contemporary technique further.”
Zofia, CAT Brighton Satellite participant 2017

Centre for Advanced Training – Brighton Satellite. Image © Zoe Manders


Support for teachers, schools and students

Throughout the year we have opportunities for children and young people to take part in dance. This year we had 6 boys aged 9-12 and 9 girls aged 8-11 take part in two professional performances that received outstanding reviews in the national press.

We can offer advice, support and training to teachers to help them develop dance in their school. Depending on priorities we may be able to work in partnership with you to design and deliver a dance project. 

South East Dance:

  • Is proud to be an Arts Award (see above) and Artsmark Supporter organisation. We can support you to deliver both programmes
  • Offer training opportunities for teachers and advice on developing your dance provision via the primary schools, sports premium
  • Are connected with lots of professional dance artists and choreographers who specialise in a diverse range of skills, we will be able to help you find the right high-quality artist for your project and give advice on how to manage and support them
  • Deliver the South East regional U.Dance platform for youth dance groups aged 11-19. A chance to perform in a professional venue and apply for the national U.Dance Platform
  • Deliver the South East regional Sussex CAT Satellite for talented young dancers aged 12-15 years who are interested in taking up dance as a career and can signpost students interested in open access dance classes
  • Offer a key stage 5 BTEC, National extended Diploma in performance (Dance) in Brighton for young people interested in a career in dance

For more information about what we can offer for schools sign up for our mailing list, follow us on social media to find out about opportunities as they are announced or simply get in touch with a member of the team.

Spring – Dancing into Recovery

"I'm totally in control of my life now, in such a calm place and deal with things in a completely different manner"

We have just completed the first phase of our partnership project with Brighton Oasis Project, bringing two artists-in-residence - Anne Colvin and Laura Woods - plus a variety of guest artists to work with women and their children who are/have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Over the past two years, we have provided weekly movement sessions for the women; opportunities to attend performances and movement sessions for parents and their babies. With funding from The Rayne Foundation and Co-op Funeral Care, we also worked with older children from sister-service Young Oasis on an outdoor dance and visual arts project.

Read the Evaluation Report here.

"Brighton has great opportunities for creative engagement but so many of the people we work with feel excluded from these, it takes a dedicated effort to support their engagement and working with South East Dance has been a great way of doing this."
Jo-Anne Welsh, Director, Brighton Oasis Project

U.Dance 2018

We are delighted to be able to work alongside One Dance UK to continue to offer this inspiring and enriching experience for young people. Not only does U.Dance offer a professional performance opportunity for young dancers, it also enables hundreds of young people to enjoy artist led workshops and masterclasses amongst like-minded peers who share a love for dance.

U.Dance is a National Programme led by One Dance UK which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them, whilst raising awareness of the wonderful events that take place right across the country. The framework aims to provide dance performance opportunities for every child and young person in England.

In April this year we presented the South East selection showcase in partnership with Lift Off Dance Festival hosted by South Hill Park Arts Centre. The event featured eight dance companies from across the region and three dance film screenings from young film makers.

Congratulations to Drishti Dance who have been selected to perform Rhythm Incessant at U.Dance 2018 national youth dance festival in July.

“The dancers had a great time and absolutely loved the workshops they took part in, which offered a great mix from the dance styles they experience more regularly… Having the chance to perform on that stage was incredible for our dancers.” 
Penny & Jules Youth Dance – U.Dance participants 2017

"We enjoyed sharing our work on such a huge stage with a lovely audience! It is fantastic opportunity for our dancers to take part in such an exciting event."  
Young Anjali Dance Company – U. Dance participants 2016. 

Image: Drishti Dance © Savannah Photographic


03/05/18 Read our latest newsletter - The I Am Issue

Featuring Interviews, updates, news, reflections and more. Read the Newsletter here.

22/02/18 South East Dance presents: undisciplined

A micro-festival celebrating contemporary performance with a choreographic edge, by artists and imaginative thinkers who are not bound by a specific genre. View all events

11/10/17 U.Dance 2018 South East Regional Selection Showcase

Is your Youth Dance group looking for opportunities to perform to regional and national audiences? Look no further than U.Dance 2018

07/08/17 Green light signals all systems go on The Dance Space

South East Dance, Brighton and Hove City Council and U+I are delighted to have completed on agreements and announce the start of construction at the Circus Street. Read More

06/07/17 NPO Funding Success

South East Dance is extremely pleased to be awarded renewed funding as an Arts Council, England National Portfolio Organisation. Read More


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