South Yorkshire Dance Hub with the support of Yorkshire Dance restructured in 2016 and submitted a successful bid to the Arts Council to develop a South Yorkshire Youth Dance Company.
WHO WE ARE:
South Yorkshire Dance Hub is a network group founded in 2012 and has a
voluntary membership comprising of venues, local authorities, arts
organisations, educational establishments and independent dance artists.
The hub was established by Yorkshire Dance (NPO) as a result of the Regional
Youth Dance Strategy 2012 – 2015 but revised its membership in 2016,
receiving a network grant from CAPE UK (now IVE).
In 2015 and 2017 the hub delivered ‘Crossing Borders’ – a youth dance platform
for South Yorkshire engaging over 300 young people in workshops and
performance. The hub has supported numerous youth dance projects such as
Rotherham Boys and the platform ‘Making Men’ and ‘Dance Whispers’ a
regional youth dance project in collaboration with Yorkshire Dance, Wayne
Sables Projects and the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells.
Strategic hub members, Cast in Doncaster and Barnsley Civic (NPO’s) are
venues that share extensive experience of programming professional dance
and providing artist support whilst other partners such as DARTS and Wayne Sables Project, have expertise and track record of community development. Education partners such
as Hall Cross Academy, Wath Comprehensive School and Horizon College
bring a depth of knowledge in working with young people and have also
established their own youth dance programmes to support young people to
engage with dance in their schools.
Independent artists that support the hub such as Gary Clarke, Keira Martin,
Charlotte Armitage, Lucy Haighton and Tara Baker are regularly
supported through Grants for the Arts and contribute to an exciting dance
ecology in the region.