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Founded in 1976 as a charity established to champion the role of dance artists in society, Cheshire Dance creates opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to access dance and benefit from its transformative power.

It invites people to participate in the range of dance groups and professional development opportunities on offer as well as attend the enticing programme of events and performances promoted throughout the year. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

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Discover classes across Cheshire East and Cheshire West

Delivering dance across Cheshire, including sessions for young people, older adults, those with learning disabilities including Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, and those living with conditions such as Dementia.

Find a class today or contact us at 01606 861 770 to chat about which session might be best suited to you.


Check out Now Northwich 2019


Now Northwich 2019 was a huge success. Thanks to all those who took part, the partners and individuals who helped organise in the background, the local and visiting artists and of course everyone who came to soak up the offer. Once again Now Northwich exceeded all expectations!

Take a look at the Now Northwich 2019 Photo Gallery here!


Latest News From Cheshire Dance

DCNW has announced the recipients of the first two DCNW commissions for creating new dance works in the North West of England, namely Movema and Company Carpi. Find out more here.
Cheshire Dance seeks an ADMINISTRATOR to work within its core team, 15 hours/week. The Administrator will be responsible for the financial and office administration of the organisation in the achievement of its artistic and business objectives. Find out more here.
It's time to plan your day at Now Northwich 2019 on Saturday 5th October, 2019. Download and save the programme, and get ready to expect the unexpected. Get your programme here.
This year, we’re working hard to put more in place to make Now Northwich more accessible to everyone. Find out more here. And, for information on performances, The Youth Zone, The Family Zone and the Fun Palace, follow the event on Facebook.
Cheshire Dance and DCNW bring you the latest news. Discover what's coming up across the North West and find out all about the fantastic dance performances, CPD training events, call outs and opportunities that are coming up this autumn. Read and Enjoy!
Cheshire Dance is looking for a number of local volunteers to help make the Now Northwich 2019 festival a success. If you can spare time between 12noon and 9pm on Saturday 5th October and would like to help with one of Northwich’s most anticipated events, please view our Volunteer Brief.
Now Northwich 2019 is returning for its second year to bring international and national performances together with community groups and schools. This event is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Find out more about Now Northwich 2019 here - or follow the event on Facebook.
Safeguarding in Dance Training CPD Course now available to book. Prices £20-50, 15th September at Winsford Library in Cheshire. Click here for information on how to reserve your space.
Since the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) was introduced in 2011, there has been a dramatic decline in students sitting GCSEs in creative subjects. Let's take action together to ensure dance forms part of the curriculum! Here's how!
A preview of Cheshire Dance’s “Tea Ladies” performance can now be found on YouTube. This show, which forms part of the Dance and Dementia Programme in Cheshire East, has been taken into care settings across the county to create joyous moments for those living with Dementia. Find out more here.
Last year, Cheshire Dance took part in Wild Worlds Festival 2018 at Chester Zoo with a piece was inspired by the senses and behaviours of flamingos. To watch the recently released video of this performance, please click here.
If you would like to support Cheshire Dance and its activities, you can now fundraise or donate to our community projects via Facebook. To find out more, please click here.
Cheshire Dance’s latest edition of Wildfire is now LIVE! Discover what's coming up across the North West and find out about all the fantastic dance performances and events that will be taking place this spring & summer. Read and Enjoy!
Photos photos in the gallery gallore. New images from the Now Platform and Open Workshop as well as Tuckshop's 'Neverland' at Storyhouse. See them, share them here!.
Dance Consortia North West is launching a Mentoring Scheme For Dance Artists to help support the development of their practice, career and learning. The scheme is open to North West-based dance artists and is free of charge. Find out more and submit an application here.
Cheshire Dance is looking to appoint an experienced Lead Artist / Choreographer for Now Northwich 2019 – a large outdoor community festival taking place in October with a recorded footfall of 26,000 in 2018. Find out more.
Meet Ivan! Dance Consortia North West's new Partnerships Director. DCNW is a partnership of artists, venues, HEIs and dance organisations in the region who have come together to usher in a new era of dance development in the North West
The latest Wildfire Newsletter is now LIVE! Why not sit back, have a read and enjoy? With performance listings, industry news, information on personal development training courses and more… Wildfire keeps you up-to-date and ‘in the know’. Read Wildfire now, or sign up to our newsletter if you haven't already done so.


Making Dance Performance with and for Older Adults: In conjunction with Cheshire Dance, Fergus Early OBE is to lead a 2-day intensive workshop on 13th & 14th April for people who are working with (or intending to make performance work with) older adults. For more info and tickets, click here.
NOW Dance Platform 2019, a celebration of Dance in Cheshire and the Creative Case for Diversity, is set to take place on 21st March 2019 at University of Chester (Kingsway Campus). For more information and tickets, please click here.
Join us in “Neverland” - a digital dance performance by Tuckshop Dance Theatre that explores the challenges and wonders of growing up in an online world. Suitable for ages 11+. Book tickets now for the Wirral, Liverpool, Chester, Ellesmere Port and Winsford shows, which will take place between 6th & 18th Feb.
Cheshire Dance is running another one-day Safeguarding in Dance training course specifically designed for those working in dance settings, on Sunday 7th April, 2019 at Winsford Library.  Click here for more information.
Cheshire Dance is recruiting. On behalf of Dance Consortia North West Cheshire Dance has we are looking for a Partnerships Director. And for Cheshire Dance we're also looking for a Marketing and Events Co-ordinator.
Cheshire Dance are looking for young people to join them for 3 days in October 28th - 30th If you love dance and are interested in exploring the digital world then go here
NOW Northwich 6th October 2018 - Expect the Unexpected in the streets of Northwich to find out more go here
Cheshire Dance are collaborating with Flexer and Sandiland and we are looking for Dance Artists, Digital Artists and Partners to take part go here for more info
We have updated our Gallery!! Go and see the pictures from Chester Zoo Wild Worlds, NOW Dance Platform 2018 NOW Dance Youth 2018 and Takeover 2018
Call out for Young People aged 7-19 interested in Dance and Film go here
Read more about what is happening at the Northwich Urban Festival on the 7th July here
NOW Dance : Youth tickets now available go here for more information
Ella Mesma is bringing her Roots of Rumba to Northwich on 7th July - To find out more and to purchase tickets go here
Cheshire Dance are seeking trustees to join its Board for full details go here
Cheshire Dance are excited to be part of Wild Worlds project at Chester Zoo this summer go here for information and times of performances
Cheshire Dance Youth Dance call out to come an join NOW Dance 6th July at Winsford Academy go here for info
CPD - 2 day workshop on working one to one in healthcare setting with Miranda Tufnell and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs to book go here
NOW Dance 2018 go here to read about the Fundraising & Producers workshop and the evening Platform
Check out the Inquiring Bodies 5 photos with Funmi Adewole, Ella Mesma, Stella Subbiah Uppal, Baris Yazar here
Safeguarding in Dance - 22nd April 2018 go here for information on how to book on
NW Dance Listings Dance performance listings for the North West, Spring 2018. See NW Dance Listings
We are recruiting!!! Two part-time roles:- General Manager and Administritive Assistant click here for more information
Dance to Health We're encouraging older adults in Cheshire East who have expereinced a fall or are concerned that they're getting a bit wobbly on their pins to join us for fun, sociable and creative dance sessions, specifically designed to help. Dance to Health launches in Macclesfield, Crewe and Congleton today. Go here to find out more.
More Reasons to Dance - Call out for Dance Artists with disabilities and Dance Artists working with people with disabilities. Go here to find out more about this project
New look Inquiring Bodies is launched save the date 27th Jan - For information on artists and to book on go here
Recruitment of Assistant Dance Artists and Peer Motivators for Dance to Health project Go here to find out more
Dates in September for Safeguarding and Inclusive Dance Training at our offices, find more about these opportunities here
Cheshire Dance can come to your premises and deliver Safeguarding to your staff, go here to find out more
To read about the NOW 2017 Dance Festival workshops, debate and performances go here
The new look Inquiring Bodies has now launched, and we would like your help to curate it, click here to let us know which featured artists you would like to see at the event
NOW Dance 2017 pictures are now available to view in our gallery.... Go and take a look here and for pictures from the workshop go here
Dates for this years Takover released, if you are aged 13-25 and are wanting to get creative on the 31st May - 2nd June go and find out how to get involved by clicking here
We are celebrating dance in Cheshire at the Now Dance Festival at the University of Chester on the 4th May go here to read about the the workshops, debate and performances
Read the latest version of our Wildfire news by clicking here this quarter there is more information on our Dance and Dementia Project go here for info, you can also read the Dance and Health evaluation document here
Dance to Health pilot evaluation is now published go here to read all about it...
Cheshire Dance are supporting the Knowing Body Network Frontiers of Dance and Health Symposium at the Bluecoat Liverpool. To read on and to book click here
Cheshire Dance are RECRUITING - An Emerging Dance Development Artist - 3 days per week. For more information and how to apply click here
We are very excited to welcome Fergus Early OBE (Green Candle Dance Co) on the 4th & 5th of Feb to deliver Dance, Older People & Dementia workshop for go here for more info
Rachel Freeman & Tayla Wood, Katye Coe, Dan Lowenstein, Trude Cone, Kate Jackson, Christopher Owen and Yael Flexer shared their Inquiries on the 3rd Nov @ MMU go here to find out more and visit the gallery for photos.
Dance Network Northwest Invitation to Artist Led for Aritists session led by Mary Prestidge and Bridget Fiske on 9th September for information go here
Break it Down a new street dance session for 7-11 year olds taught by one of our DOPE boys meet Alex here
Safeguarding Training on the 11th September at Cheshire Dance for more info go here
VOTE for Lion Salt Works in National Lottery Awards for 'Best Heritage Site 2016' Only contender in the North West... For more information on how to VOTE and about the project click here
RE:WIND Road to Rio dance facilitators blog and information on their latest performance on 2nd July here
Jack Robinson reflects on his dance career with Cheshire Dance in People Dancing Newsletter Participate here
Lauren Tucker gives an insight in what Take Over the Hall with Action Transport was about here
Rewinds Road to Rio pictures have now been uploaded to the gallery, go and take a look
Go to our new look gallery to see the pictures from the NOW Dance platform at the University of Chester
Click here for the NOW Dance programme on the 27th April
Read all about what we are upto by clicking into Wildfire
Cheshire Dance and Action Transport Theatre are taking over Whitby Hall in June 2016 for a three day x-artform project for ages 11+ go here for more information
Rewind Youth Theatre run jointly by Theatre in the Quater and Cheshire Dance are performing their piece on the Rio Olympics next week, click here for more information
NOW Dance Platform April 27th @ 7.30 pm @ University of Chester Kingsway Campus. Details here
Inquiring Bodies 3 images now live. Thanks to Adam Benjamin, our fabulous host at Plymouth Uni and to all the guest artists and fellow inquiers. Great road trip! See also main Inquiring Bodies page.

'I wish I could do this everyday. I would learn so much', 'Connected, Challenged, Inspired by many', 'Was able to find a strong connection with my body in a way I haven’t really experienced before' - participants from IB3
Calling Dance Artists and Professionals connected to the North West of England. Get involved in a new dance conversation in the region. Join Dance Network North West. More info here.
Dance fans! Click here for information on a brand new show being performed in Cheshire and Ormskirk in October: Tales of the Tides
Calling all dancers aged 11-17 click here to see our youth group opportunities
For details of Inquiring Bodies November 2015 and for details of our guest artists click here
Dance to Health, a ground-breaking new project with older people gets underway.
Cheshire Dance are currently recruiting for 4 x Volunteer Aritst's for a dance for falls prevention programme here and 1 x Shadowing Dance Artist to support a 6 week pilot project delivering movement and dance for stroke patients at Macclesfield Hospital here The DfE admits the negative impact of the EBacc on the arts in a new report.
Images from the Dance:Ground performance at the Lion Salt Works now available in the Gallery. More info on the project here.
Cheshire Dance are excited to be delivering alongside Ruth Spencer on the 6th-7th September a CPD for Artists wanting to refresh/gain skills in delivering-Dance to Adults with disabilities click here for more information
Cheshire Dance are helping the Children and Young Peoples Dance Network in the North to get more people to sign up to their database click here to see what it is all about
18th July performance times have been released for Danceground places are limited so booking is essential to book email or for more information click here
17th July We are holding a DACh (Dance Artists Cheshire) an opportunity to exchange views and information and to meet other Dance Artists living in Cheshire click here for more information and how to book onto this free event
Check out our boys DOPE at the U Dance North West 2015 Regional Platform... To just see the boys you need to forward to 13.30 mins!!
Rosalind Holgate Smith our Dance Development Artist for Cheshire East recently attended the Material for the Spine workshop at the Siobhan Davies Studios, she wants to share her experiences click here to find out more
Opportunity to perform with Cheshire Dance at the RHS Tatton Show 22-26th July 2015. Click here for more information
We would like to invite you to the celebration of Intergenerational dance for more information click here
Click here to view the pictures from the fabulous two day intensive with Karen Nelson
Go to the gallery here to view the pictures from our 2nd CI Jam residential in our USA/UK series
We are recruiting up to 3 Assistant Dance Artists to support the delivery of 3 dance and falls prevention programmes for Older People across Cheshire West and Chester. For more information click here
Safeguarding Training, 13th Sept 2015 - Keep your practice safe and up to date! Only 20 spaces available.. For more information and how to book on click here
Some great images from a unique In THIS Moment CPD opportunity for artists, carers, support workers, activities co-ordinators and personal assistants to support dance and movement activites for the elderly, including guest dancers from Beechmere care home.
Cheshire Dance have recruited for a Lead Artist for Dance:Ground an exciting youth dance project more details of this exciting project here
The Dancing Games 3 minute film is now available to view on artplayer TV . Cheshire Dance summer 2014 project commissioned by the Just So Festival. We survivied The Dancing Games will you... Coming soon to a woodland near you...
f Karen Nelson Contact Improvisation Intensive 24th-25th April 2015

Unimaginable~Flow~Resonance. An opportunity to engage deeper with Karen Nelson during this two day workshop
Contact Improvisation Jam 16th -19th April 2015

Come and join us at the Conway Retreat Centre, Anglesey with Karen Nelson from the USA and Jacqueline McCormick UK/USA
Inquiring Bodies 2 photographs are now available to view in our gallery

'what a truly wonderful day, generous and spirited - I think it will feed me for a good while…' Simon Whitehead Inquiring Bodies 2 Guest Artist
ITM films hit the headlines on news….

Intergenerational Dance Project ITM can inspire people accross the sectors'. Mutual psychological and emotional growth shines through beautifully.'
On 25th February 2015 Cheshire Dance is providing a unique In THIS Moment CPD opportunity for artists, carers, support workers, activities co-ordinators and personal assistants to support dance and movement activites for the elderly.
Cheshire Dance is bringing Bodycartography Project back to the UK for a 2 day intensive, 28th & 29th November, @ Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe.
Inquiring Bodies 2, 12th Nov 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe Campus. Meet our guest artists for Inquiring Bodies 2.

The Dancing Games
'Absolutely Brilliant' (Participant and audience member comment) - The Dancing Games, 15th - 17th August. More info and images.

In THIS Moment celebration events at Beechmere and Sables Cottage. Places are limited. To attend, please contact
More info here
Cheshire Dance joins Cabasa Carnival Arts to brighten up the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, 23rd-27th July 2014. More...
Safeguarding Training, 21st Sept 2014 - Keep your practice safe!. More info...
D.O.P.E. and Cheshire Dance Youth Performance Co. auditions now open! See
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'I don’t remember everything anymore but it’s ok.  I don’t have to when I’m dancing. I don’t feel alone anymore and I have my confidence back.' Ivy (Alzheimers Sufferer)

Can you support our dance programme with Alzheimers sufferers. Donate online now

Gallery Update
Check out recent goings on through the lens. Photo Gallery

Calling all Artists.
CPD for dance artists working with older people
14th May, 2014 in Crewe. Click here for more details or here to book.

Calling all Teachers.
CPD for primary and special needs teachers. Develop inclusive and child-centred approaches in dance, including links to Arts Award and Artsmark.
6th May, 2014 at Leighton Academy, 4pm - 6pm
7th May, 2104 at Kelsall Primary School, 4pm - 6pm
Click here for more details and to book.


Latest information on the ci jam here.


Alito Alessi joins us from the USA in April 2014.
Alito will be delivering an Introduction to DanceAbility on 5th & 6th April at Chester University.
Alito and Cheshire Dance's Jacqueline McCormick will be hosting a (c)ontact (i)mprovisation residental jam on 11th, 12th, 13th April at the Conway Retreat Centre on Anglesey.

  Artist Audition - 7th March 2014. The Dancing Games at the Just So Festival.

Helping YOU get older people healthy through dance.
A unique CPD opportunity to receive training, workshop appropriate material and experience hands-on working with older people
Developed from our current In THIS Moment project.
Wednesday 14th May 2014 - BOOK NOW !

Inquiring Bodies, 12th Nov 2014 Save the date. A CPD day for artists sharing their work with other artists.

Click on the archive link to see what happened last November.

New Blazin' newsletter (Autumn 2013) for schools and young people
See our new ConfiDance Leaflet for our comprehensive dance offer for primary, secondary and special schools inc. support for ArtsMark and Arts Award.
New term of classes starting in April. See which class suits you best and come along.
Calling all young dancers aged 12-17. AUDITIONS for Boys D.O.P.E Crew and Youth Performance Group, 29th September 2013 at Winsford Library. More information, flyer and booking form here.
Let's Connect are dancing again! - A great celebration workshop with the Let's Connect dancers. Check out the action here.
Cheshire Dance goes international, check out our 'Green Creatures in Town' film, a commission for Festival D'Avignon, delivered in partnership with Milan based Associazion Culturale Vi.D.A and dancers from M.A.D. Time.
Local Govt Assoc Conference - Cheshire Dance invasion! The 8 minute invasion was caught on videophone and is on our channel.
COLLECT: Live!, The Documentary of the COLLECT:Capture project, including extracts from Cheshire Dance's COLLECT:Live are now available online.
In THIS Moment, celebrating the youthfulness of young and older people, gets underway. In THIS Moment is an 18 month intergenerational dance project linking residential care centres with primary schools and their local community. And its also about taking a fresh look at dance as an artform with these groups, supported by a local partnership and The Baring Foundation. More Here
The Moment When ... round-up. What a great 2012! More here.

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