Dance has always been big in Birmingham. And in 2015 it received a huge £5m investment boost for the development of a new Dance Hub.
This huge vote of confidence in the city’s dance scene was an acknowledgement of the significant dance cluster we had become, demonstrating great confidence in an art form that achieves so much, often on very little. It also recognised the massive advances made by those in the dance world to improve their business models and their impact over decades.
After open consultation with dance practitioners and networks across the region, it was agreed to dedicate 60% of this funding to a new building to be housed as part of the Birmingham Hippodrome complex, accessible from Thorp Street in the city’s vibrant and diverse Southside district. This building plan was further enhanced by investment from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
£2m was set aside for strategic interventions in the sector, primarily:
2Faced Dance 'Box of Delights'
2Faced Dance 'The BENCH Women of Colour'
ACE dance and music ‘Navigate – Black Choreographers Project’
Artists 4 Growth – Hip Hop Development Programme
Autin Dance Theatre 'Queer Words'
Billy Read 'Forbidden Identity'
Birmingham Dance Network
Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018
Birmingham Weekender 2017 & 2019
Break Mission 'Dance of Death part 2'
Corey Baker Dance ‘Antarctica: the First Dance’
Dan Daw 'The Dan Daw Show'
Dance Development Leaders Group
DeNada Dance Theatre 'Mariposa'
Edy Muuya Samuels
Frontline Dance 'unknown'
Jamaal Burkmar 'Extended Play part 1 & part 2'
Katye Coe 'Blackbird'
Key Infinity – Aaron 'Shin' Duncan & Christian 'Crisis' Griffin
Mickael 'Marso' Riviere
Nathan Marsh/Marshon Dance
Omar 'Kidd Ronin' Spence
Rutherford Dance Company (RDC) ‘#ONE’
Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage 'About the Elephant'
Sense 'Suspended Motion – disability dance on film'
Shelley Eva Haden
Sonia Sabri Company ‘I and I’
Spiltmilk Dance 'Now that's what I call dancing'
The Natya Project – South Asian Dance Progression
Tia 'Tigress Eye' Christopher