THE LIST

Curated by the BDN team, as a directory, go-to, hub-spot of dance ecology in Birmingham/West Midlands.

If you have anything to add to this ever-evolving list, email us on info@birminghamdancenetwork.co.uk

The LIST (presented in alphabetical order) is built upon recommendations, personal knowledge and requests from within the West Midlands (Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell and Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton). *We at BDN are not responsible for the services listed below.

Networks/Umbrella Bodies

Beyond Words

Birmingham Dance Network

Coventry Dance

Culture Central

DCD – Dancers’ Career Development

Equity Dance Committee

One Dance UK

Arts Organisations with a Dance Remit

ACE dance and music, Birmingham

Arts Connect, Birmingham

Beatfreeks, Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham

Black Country Dance Hub, Walsall

Coventry Dance, Coventry

Creative Black Country, West Bromwich

DanceXchange, Birmingham

Eloquent Arts Centre, Birmingham

One Dance UK, Birmingham

Sampad, Birmingham

Sona Lisa Dance Company, Birmingham

Sonia Sabri Company, Birmingham


Purpose-built Dance Studio Space

ACE dance and music, Digbeth, Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet, City Centre

Dance Hub Birmingham, City Centre

DanceXchange, Birmingham City Centre

Ellen Terry Building – Coventry University 

Eloquent Arts Centre, Aston, Birmingham

MAC Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham

NAC – Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

Nicholson School of Dance, Digbeth, Birmingham

Penelopes Dance Studio, Solihull

SOTE – School of Theatre Excellence, Birmingham City Centre

The Dance Workshop, Moseley, Birmingham

Companies Working with Children/Young People

ACE Youth, Birmingham

Ascension Dance Company, Coventry

Birmingham Royal Ballet, City Centre

Black Country Dance Hub

Breakout Performing Arts,Walsall

Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), DanceXchange, Birmingham

Eloquent Arts Centre, Birmingham

Flexus Youth Company, Wolverhampton

JJDance, Rowley Regis and Dudley

Linden Dance Company, Birmingham

Man Made Youth Company, Birmingham

ME Dance Company, Halesowen/Stourbridge

Mercurial Dance, Coventry

Off-Balance Dance, Coventry

Razzamataz, Sutton Coldfield

Reckless, Wolverhampton

Sona Lisa Dance Company, Birmingham

Companies with a Socially Engaged Practice 

Ascension Dance Company, Coventry

Freefall Dance Company, Birmingham

Freewheelin, Birmingham (inclusive dance)

JJDance, Rowley Regis and Dudley

LYNNEBEC, Birmingham

ME Dance Company, Halesowen/Stourbridge

Mercurial Dance, Coventry

Off-Balance Dance, Coventry (inclusive dance)

Open Theatre, Coventry

Reckless, Wolverhampton

Sona Lisa Dance Company, Birmingham

Tom N Rob, Birmingham (Inclusive dance theatre practitioners)

Xpress-Yourself, West Midlands

Companies Producing Dance for Performance

ACE dance and music, Birmingham

Ascension Dance Company, Coventry 

Autin Dance Theatre, Birmingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet, City Centre

Corey Baker Dance, Birmingham 

Dc2 Entertainment and Dance Company

Extended Play, Birmingham

Highly Sprung Performance Company, Coventry 

HumanHood, Birmingham 

Jaivant Patel Dance, Wolverhampton

JJDance, Rowley Regis and Dudley

Keneish Dance, Birmingham

Linden Dance Company, Birmingham

LYNNEBEC, Birmingham

ME Dance Company, Halesowen/Stourbridge

Mercurial Dance, Coventry

Off-Balance Dance, Coventry

Reckless, Wolverhampton

Rogue Play Theatre, Birmingham

Rosie Kay Dance Company, Birmingham

Sona Lisa Dance Company, Birmingham 

Squirm Dance Company, Birmingham

Tom N Rob, Birmingham

Vanhulle Dance Theatre

Independents/Other

DSGRACED – Dance content production company providing engaging content for dancers

Emma Morgan, Dudley – PhD candidate researching self-compassion in dance @unibirmingham and freelance dance educator

Joëlle Barker, Birmingham – percussionist and composer for dance

Lou Platt, Birmingham – artist wellbeing

Tori Drew, Birmingham and Black Country – dance in school and older adults dance specialist

Professional Class/Training/Workshops

ACE dance and music, Birmingham 

Birmingham Dance Network

Birmingham Pro Class

Birmingham Royal Ballet, City Centre

DanceXchange, Birmingham

Eloquent Arts Centre, Birmingham

Gyrotonics, Birmingham

Linden Dance Company, Birmingham

ME Dance Company, Halesowen/Stourbridge

Mercurial Dance, Coventry

Off-Balance Dance, Coventry

Reckless, Wolverhampton

Sarah Pritchard Pilates and Somatic Movement, Birmingham, Shropshire and virtually (Franklin Method classes with a dance-specific focus).

Universities/Schools with Dance Departments 

Alderbrook School, Solihull

C-Dare, Coventry University (Research Centre)

Performing Arts @HeathPark (School), Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton


Theatres and Studio Theatres

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Black Country Dance Hub

Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

DanceXchange, Birmingham

Legacy, Birmingham

MAC Birmingham

Orange Tree Theatre, Birmingham

Patrick Studio, Birmingham

The Dance Workshop, Birmingham

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Festivals 

BE FESTIVAL

BIDF – Birmingham International Dance Festival

Birmingham Weekender

B-Side (Hip-Hop festival)

Fierce

Flatpack (film festival with screendance programme)

Shoot Festival (for emerging artists, including in dance)

SHOUT! (queer arts and culture)

Summer in Southside (Birmingham Hippodrome)

Tilt (circus and physical theatre)

Opportunities and Jobs 

Artsadmin

Arts Jobs – Arts Council England

Birmingham Dance Network

Dancing Opportunities 

OutdoorArtsUK (sign up for free newsletter for job opportunities)

The Place 

Not in the West Midlands but nearby

2Faced Dance Company, Hereford (Network, Company producing dance for performance, Company working with children/young people, Company with a socially engaged practice, Professional class/training/workshops, Purpose-built dance studio space)

Aakash Odedra Company, Leicester (Company producing dance for performance, Company working with children/young people, professional class/rraining/workshops)

Dancefest, Worcester (Arts organisation with a dance remit, Company producing dance for performance, Company working with children/young people, Company with a socially engaged practice, Professional class/training/workshops)

ENTW9 Dance Company, Worcester (Company producing dance for performance, Company working with children/young people, Company with a socially engaged practice, Professional class/training/workshops)

Fuelled Dance Theatre, Leicester (Performance – queer dance company)

Motionhouse, Leamington Spa (Company producing dance for performance, Company working with children or young people, Professional class/training/workshops, Purpose-built dance studio space)

University of Worcester (University with Dance Department)