Yorkshire Dance is a Leeds-based charity which champions the value of dance and its development in Yorkshire. We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance. We are committed to working with artists to consider meaningful and stimulating ways in which a wider community of local people can engage with dance.
We are interested in dance that is rooted in the experience of its makers and performers and reflects the dancing body in all its richness and diversity of culture, heritage or age. We advocate for inclusive processes that facilitate people from a wide range of backgrounds to discover the power of dance in daily life.
“It was brilliant – so good to be part of ‘all ages’ group. Inspiring and wonderful experience. I think us older people like funky, stylish experiences. Good to perform for an audience. Thank you.” – Encounters, March 2019
“I’m really glad that this festival was safe, inclusive and representative of the spectrum of gender identity. I’ll be sure to check out more of YD’s programme and look forward to the next Encounters.” – Encounters, June 2019
We are part of Arts Together because we know art can create deep connections between different people.
3 St Peter’s Buildings
St Peter’s Square
Telephone: 0113 2439867
People you may meet
I’m Hannah and I’m the programmes director at Yorkshire Dance, which means I get involved in most of what we do, in particular our work with communities. I trained as a dancer and I’m passionate about bringing people together. I believe that everyone has an inner dancer just waiting to be unleashed!
Hi I’m Adie, I’m the older people’s project manager which means I co-ordinate and develop programmes that encourage older adults to get involved in dance. We know dancing makes us feel fantastic, and is a great way to be creative, have fun and get moving! Fun fact: I’ve had a variety of potato (grown in Scotland) named after me!
I’m part of the youth and community team, supporting and co-ordinating projects for young people, adults with additional needs and older adults. I’d love to get as many people as possible involved in dance! My earliest memory of the arts is crying after watching ‘Cats’ at the theatre as I didn’t want it to end!