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PROJECTS 2015-2016

U.Dance Festival Barrow

An opportunity for 12 schools to take part in a INSET day, create their own dances or work with one of our Dance Artists and perform at the forum as part of an evening of dance in March.

First Glance Dance Show

Our Annual event which brings together our community and education classes to perform their new work at the forum in December.


This is our pilot Arts Award programme with Curious Minds NW Agency for Cultural Education and Furness Academy.


In April 2015 we brought together martial arts and dance practitioners to collaborate on a research programme for young women.  Amanda developed the work further and led a pilot project with 12 young women in Barrow for five weeks in September and October.  The next phase of development will bring together  Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach and an evaluation process led by Lancaster University.


We piloted our MAKE YOUR MOVE PROJECT in September 2015 for families at Brisbane Park Infants and Love Barrow Families.  The project is funded by People’s Health Trust and offers an inspiring programme of weekly dance classes and family events.  Our next phase will develop the successful elements of this project for a further year.


In August and September 2015 we worked in partnership with Ludus Dance on a super secret flash mob which toured Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow.

Charity Stars Tour Promo

Now and Then performance project 

South Cumbria Dance Partnership comprising of DARE Dance, Brewery Arts Centre and National Trust at Fell Foot brought together 100 Children and Young People aged 6-18yrs from across South Cumbria, in an ambitious, original, site-specific dance performance ‘ Now and Then ‘ on the site of the Historic House at Fell Foot on Saturday 11th July at Fell Foot .

Led by Artistic Director Amanda J. Mortlock; Ellen Turner, Zanna Dennis and Emma Hayes (Brewery Youth Arts) led weekly inspirational dance classes at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal  and DARE Dance Studio, Barrow with additional days working as a whole cast on site at Fell Foot.

Together we have devised a performance which brought to life the memories of Fell Foot; what has changed and hasn’t changed for generations of animals and people who have made Fell Foot their home.  We saw the elegance, beauty and wildness of Fell Foot through the swans and the fierce chase of the hunting hounds.  Inspired by the game of Chess on site we hinted at the memory and strategy of war and the changing roles of men and women throughout the centuries of life at Fell Foot.  We  enjoyed light-hearted life on the lake and finished with a wave of memories rising and falling until time allowed them stillness.

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“ Amazing to watching so many dancers from across Cumbria come together to celebrate the rich history of Fell Foot. It has been a great experience for all involved – full of insight into an area, working with new people and new ways of creating innovative dance work. A truly unique performance! “ Emma Hayes, Dance Officer,  Brewery Youth Arts


“ The team at Fell Foot were very excited to welcome all the dancers involved in the ‘Now and Then’ project and see the heritage of the site interpreted through their performance. “ Liz Critchley,  National Trust

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Now and Then’ is a spectacular project bringing together 100 Children and Young People from diverse backgrounds with a common love of dance.  They have learned about the history of Fell Foot and have created their own dances to express the elements of Fell Foot’s history which captivated their imagination.  Amanda Mortlock,  Artistic Director, DARE DANCE

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This project is made possible through generous support of Arts Council England, Cumbria Community Foundation and Sir Francis C Scott Charitable Trust

PROJECTS 2014-2015

DARE DANCE presents Barrow’s Big Party in the Park 2014: A series of design and dance workshops and several community events in the local park to bring people together: neighbours, families, friends and current park users, to mix the generations of people who have used the park and can continue to use the park as a central point to meet, take part and contribute to community life.

We have extended our activities to include dancing, sewing, writing, organising and mainly having fun!  We would like any local people people interested in taking part in any of the activities to contact us at DARE.


Amanda Mortlock invites local people to join her in setting up a Dance Committee who will contribute ideas and volunteer to support the events in the Park.  The committee will plan 2 days of Dance workshops on the bandstand 5 & 6 July 2014 with dance styles and music spanning 40 yrs (1920’s-1960’s) led by DARE Dancers/Specialist dancers.


Hannah Fox will supervise the sewing group to create decorations and costumes for the Park events. The group meets at Barrow Women’s Centre, Suite 1, 22a Duke Street every Wednesday. Hannah Fox will provide materials and a sewing plan for the group to create some small hand sewn items for DARE DANCE community performance  ‘Party in the Park’.  Join us on 14th May 10am-12pm for 2 hours of sewing, chatting and a bit of a giggle.  Experienced sewers and newcomers are all welcome.  Call DARE office to book a place.


We are working with the Wordsworth Trust and St George’s School leading family sessions on writing about the Park on the themes of 1) childhood & playing 2) sense of place themes expresses in Wordsworth’s poetry. Thirty children and parents will visit Dove Cottage and take part in writing workshops with Wordsworth Trust and DARE DANCE Stories and poems will be shared in the Park for family and friends as part of a ‘Big Picnic’ event Participants will gain an Arts Award and their poems will be displayed at Wordsworth Museum.


The Artistic Team: Amanda Mortlock, Lewis Campbell, Karen Whitehouse, Zanna Dennis and Ellen Turner have been working with children and young people from a variety of schools in Barrow including a family group at Greengate Infant School, to create a site-specific dance production performed on 26th April in the Park.  The full performance will take place on 28 & 29 June accompanied by Furness Music Centre Orchestra and Choir.


Our Flashmob event (21 & 28 September) will bring together a wide variety of Dance groups from across the Borough.  We will be working with Kreativ Dance to lead workshops in the Dance Studio to teach the routine and also make it available on-line throughout September with the Flashmob event taking place in the Park on 21st September and other venues in Barrow on 28th September. Anyone wanting to join in should contact Amanda at DARE DANCE.

These projects are only possible through funding from Big Lottery , Sir John Fisher Foundation, Inspiring Barrow, Community Grants, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and Barrow Borough Council.

PROJECTS 2013-2014

In its role as County Dance Development Co-ordinator DARE has raised over £10,000 for youth dance development across the County working with Partners in South Lakeland, Allerdale, Carlisle and  Eden.

DARE has been leading Dance Development for Barrow in Furness since 2002 and despite cuts in funding this year we have had a platter of delicious projects for local residents including:

Leaps and Sounds Project

DARE worked in partnership with Octopus Collective and Creative Futures Cumbria to deliver an experimental listening and moving project to 10 schools (Key Stage 2) in Barrow in Furness.  Teachers and pupils alike had a great time and improved their listening skills.

Dancing Recall

DARE worked in partnership with Active Cumbria and Cumbria NHS to deliver a Dance and Dementia project across the county.  The pilot phase took place in Barrow in Furness offering eight dance sessions for local people with Dementia.

CanDance Barrow

Lewis Campbell has been teaching his ‘cool moves’ to young people at George Hastwell School and Sandside Lodge as part of our award-winning CanDance project.

CanDance Ulverston

Lewis Campbell is leading a programme of dance classes in partnership with Sandside Lodge as part of our Award-winning CanDance project.

Weekly Community Dance Classes

Ellen Turner, Zanna Dennis, Amanda J. Mortlock and Lewis Campbell lead the Infant, Junior  and Youth dance classes in Creative, imaginative movement for infants and Contemporary, Jazz and Street styles for Juniors and Youth.

Cumbria U.Dance Youth Festival

Dance Cumbria celebrated its county-wide youth dance development programme with an end of year showcase at Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal in July.  All groups took part in workshops and performed on stage following a sunny picnic in the gardens.

Cumbria U.Dance Schools Festival 2014

This project celebrates dance as part of the National Curriculum and gives children the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at the forum.  St James Junior School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Roose Primary School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Victoria Junior School, Dane Ghyll Primary School, Pennington CE Primary School, Chapel Street Infant & Nursery School, South Walney junior School, George Hastwell School, Yarlside School, Dowdales School and DARE Jumpstart Juniors will perform in the event.

Digital Dance Project

DARE is leading the county-wide Digital Dance project 2013-2014.  The project includes a sharing and exchange programme for the Dance Cumbria youth dance groups; Large scale projection of dance images in towns across Cumbria; creation of dance films both professional and community; Research & Development of interactive dance software including Isadora Program.

These projects were possible through funding from Arts Council England NW, Inspiring Barrow, Community Grants, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council and Barrow Borough Council.

PROJECTS 2012-2013

Big Dance Event in the Park. 

”  Brilliant!!  Amazing!!  Fun Fun Fun!! ”  Just some of the comments from parents and dancers from our  Big Dance Event.  To a backdrop of Barrow Park our dancers aged 5-16yrs danced in and around the Bandstand.  They were so AMAZING they brought out the sunshine.  Well done to infants, juniors and youth on your first site-specific dance performance – and we’re busy brewing more ideas for 2014!!  We’re thinking a live orchestra… and a whole community event to create Barrow’s BIG Party in the Park.

This year we have danced with the  wild woman of dance Ellen Turner and learned some cool moves with Lewis Campbell.  Amanda Mortlock and Karen Whitehouse threw in a few ideas too but mainly looked after the wriggle and jiggle infants, the jumpstart juniors and the ‘where are they off to this month’ youth dance groups.

DARE2 Youth Dance Company on tour.

The youth groups performed at The Lowry, Manchester in January,  at Dukes Theatre, Lancaster in May and Kendal Arts Centre in July… its a hard life when you’re in demand!

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind project

We had mums doing Zumba, Nans doing Samba and a whole mix of fun energetic dance classes for all ages funded by The Health Lottery.

Cumbria U.Dance Schools festival

12 local schools and our very own Jumpstart Juniors performed to a sell out audience at the forum on 13th March.

DARE DANCE joins Dance Cumbria

DARE teamed up with Dance Cumbria (a Dance Consortium of practitioners in Cumbria) to deliver a county-wide youth dance development programme in each district:

County Youth Dance Company for Gifted and Talented young people in Cumbria

CanDance project (for young people with a learning disability including Autism)

Contemporary Youth Dance classes for young people

Boyz Dance classes including Hard2beat Breakdance Crew

Amanda J. Mortlock joined Lynn Barnes as County Dance Co-ordinator with a responsibility for fundraising and programming the youth dance development programme and Specifically the Digital Dance programme.

MANY THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS: Arts Council England NW,  0-19 Fund,  Barrow Borough Council, The Health Lottery, Inspiring Barrow


PROJECTS 2011-2012

Well Done to all Dancers who performed in the Summer Dance Show at forum on 9th June 2012 the culmination of our dance development programme for 2011-12 and thanks to our brilliant team of :

DANCERS: Lauren Chestnut (Youth Streetdance), Khali Chandrasegaram (Bollywood & Indian), Manuela Benini (Samba & Indian) and Debbie Milner (Boys Dance).

PARTNERS: Karen Whitehouse (Dropzone Youth support worker), Edge Hill University and EdgeFWD for the exhilarating and energetic Boys Dance Project, Liverpool John Moore’s University for the KS 1 Very Hungry Caterpillar project, Chaturangan South Asian Dance for a taste of India through dance and costume and Octopus Collective for creating dance films with us.

FUNDERS: Arts Council England NW, Sir John Fisher Foundation, BBC Performing Arts Fund, Ten Grand Helping Hand funds, 0-19 Fund, Comic Relief funds, Cumbria County Council, Barrow Borough Council, The Hadfield Trust.