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:

  • Seed funding of new initiatives addressing gaps in provision
  • Extending and developing existing artistic practice and activity
  • Large-scale public events and festivals, reaching out to new audiences
  • Realising potential that without investment might otherwise not have been possible

Dance Hub Birmingham investment so far has supported the following commissions, artists and initiatives:-

2Faced Dance 'Box of Delights'
2Faced Dance 'The BENCH Women of Colour'
ACE dance and music ‘Navigate – Black Choreographers Project’
Adam Rutherford
Anaya Bolar
Artists 4 Growth – Hip Hop Development Programme
Ascension Dance
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'
Charlotte Gregory
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'
Helen Mason
Humanhood 'Torus'
Iona Waite
Jaivant Patel
Jamaal Burkmar 'Extended Play part 1 & part 2'
Jamaal O'Driscoll
Johnny Autin
Katye Coe 'Blackbird'

Key Infinity – Aaron 'Shin' Duncan & Christian 'Crisis' Griffin
Lakshmi Srivantianiam
Laura Vanhulle
Mickael 'Marso' Riviere
Motionhouse 'Nobody'
Nathan Marsh/Marshon Dance
Omar 'Kidd Ronin' Spence
Rebecca Randall
Rutherford Dance Company (RDC) ‘#ONE’
Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage 'About the Elephant'
Sense 'Suspended Motion – disability dance on film'
Shauna Latty
Shelley Eva Haden
Sima Gonsai
Sonia Chandaria
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
Vidya Patel

“With investment from DHB, Sampad has been able to support our creative aspirations, championing the fresh, dynamic and relevant nature of intercultural work. We’re proud to be taking exciting steps forward in our dance careers.”

Vidya Patel, dance artist, on About the Elephant

“DHB funding has enabled me to research and investigate new methods of reaching new audiences both online and in real life settings. In focussing on discovering new audiences, I have made a step-change in my own choreographic practice and crafting.”

Jamaal Burkmar, Extended Play

“DHB funds enabled us to create our first group piece Torus. This trust and investment were vital in giving us the time and resources to make this big step, and in attracting other funders, co-commissioners and international collaborators.”

Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert Parés, Humanhood

“DHB funding has allowed me to reflect on my role as a leader. This has informed the way I communicate and understand communication styles, and has changed my approach as a Director, as a Choreographer, as a Dancer and as a Teacher.”

Laura Vanhulle, Vanhulle Dance Theatre

“DHB investment has supported me in building long-lasting relationships with festival promoters, directors and fellow makers, as well as creating new and exciting partnerships with other arts organisations for the development of current and future work.”

Johnny Autin, Autin Dance Theatre

“Navigate, our Black Choreographers Project funded by DHB, has been a real-life demonstration of the importance of cultural exchange. It has opened doors for artists and given them a purpose and starting point for a conversation they haven’t had before.”

Gail and Ian Parmel, ACE dance and music