Dance City

Dance City’s mission is to lead and support a thriving dance ecology in the North East of England, which embraces professional practice, education and participatory work.

Since being opened in 1991, Dance City has been the lead dance organisation in the North East of England. We create opportunities to engage with dance in many ways: as audience, as informal participant, as aspiring dancer and as professional dance artists. We achieve this through our performance, classes and workshops programme, our CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) and links to courses at Gateshead College, and through our professional activities.

Dance City provides excellent facilities, excellent performances, excellent artist support, excellent teachers and excellent opportunities for all to be involved in dance. We enable everyone we work with to constantly improve and to achieve the highest standards they can. This desire has been possible partly through our move into a new £7.6m purpose-built dancehouse in 2005. We believe in dance reaching as many people as possible, and as many people as possible reaching dance. We want dance to be an inclusive activity and design our programmes to reach the maximum range of people and communities. Through this we hope to encourage a diversity of dance practice, by people of all backgrounds and abilities, and promote our work accordingly.

Dance City aims to:

  • Support professional dance artists to reach their full potential
  • Promote the artform of dance
  • Enable the people of North East England to engage with dance practice of the highest quality
  • Foster excellence in dance education and practice

Dance City’s 250 seat Theatre boasts the UK’s biggest programme of dance performance outside London and brings leading national and international performers to Newcastle.