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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

DARE DANCE was formed in April 2002 and continues the work already undertaken by Creative Director Amanda J. Mortlock in partnership with Barrow Borough Council, developing high quality participatory and performance opportunities for dance in the Borough of Barrow in Furness. DARE DANCE continues to deliver a Dance Development Programme in partnership with Arts Council England NW and Barrow Borough Council.

In September 2011 we moved into our new purpose built Dance Studio a conversion of ‘The Cooke’s Building’ a Grade 2 listed building into a £1.5m Creative Media Centre. These new premises, based in Hindpool, have been renovated and refurbished as part of a partnership between Barrow Borough Council and Creative Studios Cumbria with funding so far attracted from Community Assets, Heritage Lottery and Barrow Regeneration. This new base will ensure the sustainability of our regular dance classes in Hindpool and give opportunity for new initiatives.

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.