An initiative to champion Dance in Community, Health & Education
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Dare Dance is an artist-led initiative championing Dance in Education, Health and Community.

The company initiates, manages and delivers a wide range of dance activity from its base in South Cumbria including:
  • Community Dance programmes and events
  • Education programmes and events
  • Professional Development for Teachers and Collaborative Projects with Artists

Led by Creative Director Amanda J. Mortlock, our Associates contribute to the development of the programme with expertise in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Child Development, Art, Design and Making, Teaching, Research, Choreography and Project Management.

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We are grateful to our funders:

Arts Council England, Barrow Borough Council, Sir John Fisher Foundation, BBC Performing Arts Fund, Cumbria County Council, 0-19 Funds, Ten Grand Helping Hand, Comic Relief Funds, Active Cumbria, The Hadwin Trust, Sir Francis C Scott Charitable Trust, People’s Health Trust, Inspiring Communities, Big Lottery, Cumbria Community Foundation, National Lottery (Awards for All), Heritage Lottery Fund, Sport England.

Dance Classes

Welcome to our purpose built Dance Studio. All classes are held here at 104 Abbey Road (next door to Duke of Edinburgh Hotel). Please call to book a place on 833228 or PM us at

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Our new studio programme Arts Awards: Young people aged 7-25yrs can take Discover/Explore and Bronze Arts Award with Amanda through the dance classes.
Age Groups: Our classes are the same as school years:
Infants are for children in Reception, Yr 1 & Yr2
Juniors are for children in school Years 3 -6
Youth are young people in Secondary School and Sixth Form



DARE Infant Dance – Wriggle ‘n’ Jiggle

Time: 5.00 – 5.45

Cost: £3.00

Age: School years Reception, 1 & 2

Imaginative movement inspired by a range of themes, props, music and stories. A fun, energetic class for infants who love to wriggle and jiggle.

DARE2 Youth Dance Company

Time: 6:00-7.30

Cost: £4.00

Age: School years 7 – Sixth form

This is a Contemporary Technique Dance Class, an opportunity to learn complex movement sequences and create dances for performance.

Junior Dance Class – Jumpstart Juniors

Time: 5:00-6:00

Cost: £3.00

Age: School years 3-6

Dance yourself dizzy with the chance to learn many dance styles adding your own ideas and your own style.

DARE Youth Dance – Dance Makers

Time: 6:00-7.30

Cost: £4.00

Age: School years 7 – Sixth form

The opportunity to learning a variety of choreographic devices to create your own dances.