This project is part of the Outdoor Dance Programme which has been funded by Arts Council England with support from Legacy Trust UK and Advantage West Midlands as part of the Dancing for the Games programme.
DanceXchange (dx) is a power house of dance with excellence, innovation, participation and inclusion at its heart – and, together with Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham Royal Ballet, is part of the largest dance partnership in Britain
Housed within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex, dx has some of the best dance facilities in the UK, with three studios and The Patrick Centre, a 206-seat studio theatre which was the first dedicated dance space outside London and one of the most important spaces for dance performance and production in the country.
dx takes the best British dance to a worldwide stage, brings outstanding talent from across the world to the West Midlands, and has a growing reputation as a producing house.
dx also engages people from all backgrounds in healthy participatory dance activity, and nurtures gifted young people to help shape the dance artists, performers and leaders of the future. As part of this, dx runs an open recreational Class Programme of around 45 dance classes each week for people of all ages, from beginner to professional, in a diverse range of styles – from Contemporary, to Capoeira, to Kathak.
Other areas of dx’s work include:
Access and Inclusion, through engaging young people and communities at risk of exclusion in high quality dance projects, underpinned by a developmental, consultative approach to partnership working.
Working with Youth Dance England to deliver a joined-up region-wide strategy for Youth Dance in the West Midlands, through a network of partner organisations with Youth Dance posts, based in each of the six sub-regions of the West Midlands.
In partnership with sampad, South Asian Arts, DanceXchange runs the Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance, aimed at young people with exceptional talent and potential.
DanceXchange, in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome, produces the biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB), one of the largest and most diverse dance festivals in the world.
In partnership with Regional Dance Agencies DanceFest, Dancescape and Dudley Performing Arts, DanceXchange is leading on a substantial new Outdoor Dance Programme created for public spaces around the West Midlands from Summer 2011 to the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Autumn 2012.
To find out more visit www.dancexchange.org.uk
About Dancing for the Games
Dancing for the Games is part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012, and uses the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to get more people around the West Midlands dancing. The programme is aimed at people of all ages, backgrounds, skills and abilities and builds on the rich and diverse dance infrastructure that currently exists in the West Midlands region. The Dancing for the Games programme is funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands. The programme started in spring 2009 and will run until September 2012. To find out more, visit www.dancingforthegames.co.uk or www.wmfor2012.com
About Legacy Trust UK
Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity whose mission is to support a wide range of innovative cultural and sporting activities which celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and which will leave a lasting legacy in communities throughout the UK. The Trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m), and is a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. For more information on Legacy Trust UK visit www.legacytrust.org.uk