Who we are
Dance United Yorkshire's distinctive mission is to connect the very best of the professional contemporary dance world with marginalised communities (primarily in the Yorkshire region but also beyond). We work with a wide diversity of young people and adults who are culturally disengaged and at risk of social exclusion, using the power of dance to literally transform lives. Our participants include those suffering with poor mental health, young offenders, women prisoners, young people excluded from mainstream education, victims of domestic abuse, refugees, asylum seekers and families living in areas of deprivation. Our radical interventions are recognised and supported by partners and funders representing arts and culture, education, criminal justice and health.
Founded in 2011, Dance United Yorkshire (DUY) is based in Bradford at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre. We have been a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England since 2015 and are also supported by a range of other extraordinary funders and partners. Our work, which entails engaging with those who are most difficult to reach, is very challenging but hugely fulfilling. The impact and potential of our interventions is evidenced in these randomly selected but typical quotes:
"There is no doubt in my mind that things would have panned out differently for me if it hadn't been for dance. Most people who knew me would have predicted a custodial rather than a degree. Through DUY I have had the opportunity to show what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, and how worthwhile it is to stay focused." Performance Company participant.
"Dance has been a way for women to let go and rebuild themselves without stigma and labelling. The sessions bring women from all different backgrounds together in a safe place...the level of support and work put into the sessions is apparent and long lasting." Legal Assistant of domestic abuse charity.
"DUY is a key contributor from the creative sector addressing Bradford Council's strategic priorities of regenerating communities, especially by engaging with vulnerable families and children with multiple complex needs." Officer of Bradford Council.
If you are interested in helping to provide strategic support for our immensely talented operational team, or wish for more information, please contact Blair Davies via [email protected]