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Yorkshire Dance

Leeds, UK

Yorkshire Dance (YD) works through dance to create happiness, health, connection and change. We create opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to see, make and take part in high quality dance.  We work to build community across the Yorkshire Region, across communities in Leeds and from our 4-storey building.  We support artists who ask questions of themselves, their work and of the world. We help them research those questions and encourage local people to get involved in that process. It’s important to us to share the power of decision making with people, participants and artists and we support dance makers to develop dance leadership in a number of ways. We’re explore how dance can speak powerfully to critical themes such as empowerment/equality, gender, anti-racism, aging and the climate crisis. YD is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2022. 


Find who is locally involved through Performing Gender dance practices, co-creation and co-production.

Staff on the project

Artistic Director
Hannah is the Programmes Director for Yorkshire Dance, working across Yorkshire and beyond with a commitment to making the arts accessible for everyone. She has directed a diverse range of projects in the UK and abroad, often working with disadvantaged communities. Hannah will overseeing Yorkshire Dance’s Company of People as part of Performing Gender: Dancing in Your Shoes.
Project Manager
Kirsty is the Creative Projects Producer and works closely with the Artistic Director to co-ordinate the artistic programme at Yorkshire Dance. This includes the planning and delivery of performances, festivals and other artistic projects, as well as continuing professional development for choreographers and dancers. Kirsty will be co-coordinating Yorkshire Dance’s Company of People as part of Performing Gender: Dancing in Your Shoes.