The Birmingham Dance Network is the go-to support network for independent dance artists, choreographers and teachers who live and work in and around the UK’s second city. Founded in October 2013, BDN is brought to you by lead members Genevieve Say, Patsy Browne-Hope and Becca Thomas, who are all themselves independent dance artists.
BDN aims to creates opportunities to easily connect, network and discover other artists, choreographers and teachers. As artists, we know how tough the industry is, but it certainly becomes easier once you feel part of a community. We are slowly but surely strengthening the local professional community through our work as Birmingham Dance Network.
BDN works across the city and regionally, connecting with other arts organisation to try to create the best professional development opportunities for the city’s dance artists. To date, we have received support from DanceXchange, mac Birmingham, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Dance Workshop, Ace Dance and Music and Impact Hub.
Some of our most notable additions to Birmingham’s dance scene are:
We have established weekly dance classes in partnership with DanceXchange, which are led by a combination of local, national and international teachers and companies. Find out more about these on our Events Page.
Birmingham’s only dance platform for new work. Introducing… has been held all over the city, most recently at mac Birmingham, and is a vital test bed for choreographers to get honest feedback from their audiences.
A debate forum that brings a panel of established artists from around the country to discuss pressing topics with the local dance community. Combined with performance work and held in a bar in the city, Salon BHAM! is an informal and buoyant environment for dancers to discuss and debate.
We are bringing internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers to Birmingham to lead two-day intensives for dancers. These have formed an essential addition to professional development and continued training for local dancers.
We hold open meetings and encourage anyone involved in professional dance to come down and be part of the discussion. Everything BDN does is in response to the needs of the dance community, and our open meetings are the best and most direct way for us to get a sense of our community’s wants and needs. If you are interested in being part of the discussion then get in touch via our Contact Page, or have a look at events to see if there’s a meeting coming up.