Dance Manchester is the dance development organisation for Greater Manchester. We are a registered charity working to increase access to high quality creative dance activities for the people of Greater Manchester, including residents of the borough of Rochdale.
We take high quality dance as both a physical activity and creative art form direct to the public, delivered by professional dance artists. We provide opportunities to take part in dance, to watch dance and to perform.
Examples of our work include:
STRIDE – Greater Manchester’s annual young men’s dance project, bringing young men together from all parts of the area to try dance perhaps for the first time and to work towards public performances, guided by experienced professional dance artists.
Dance in Schools – offering opportunities for young people to enhance their learning through dance, perhaps in science, perhaps on the environment, or perhaps about other cultures by engaging in dance styles from different parts of the world.
Other examples include, dance classes for home educated children, creating dance performances with participants from across Greater Manchester, to take part in Manchester day, an intergenerational flashmob to celebrate International Women’s festival, mature movers sessions and much more.
We specialise in developing and presenting dance performances made for the outdoors and unusual spaces, aiming to give more people a chance to experience dance and to challenge stereotypes about who dance is for. We can take dance into shopping centres, galleries, parks, stations, schools, youth clubs through to GPs surgeries, Hospitals and Residential homes.
We believe dance is a suitable activity for all ages and all body shapes and abilities and can contribute positively to wellbeing.
We believe dance:
- Improves Physical Health & Wellbeing – through taking part in regular dance sessions, you will build strength and stamina, improve cardio vascular health, agility and flexibility and core strength and balance. In this way dance contributes to falls prevention. Dance can contribute positively to prevention of chronic conditions (heart disease, diabetes) and as a support to managing age related conditions, eg Dementia, Parkinsons.
- Improves Mental Health – through taking part in dance you will have an opportunity to develop your own creative ideas, to have a voice and an opportunity to express your ideas, thoughts and concerns and engage with others in a positive environment. Dance can also provide a community based approach to recovery from addiction.
- Develops Life Skills – improve team working skills by working with others on a dance, work towards a goal such as a performance, increase your ability to be self discipline, to demonstrate commitment and even timekeeping! All skills valuable for future employment and life!
- Increases Social Connections and Reduces Loneliness – Taking part in dance creates opportunities to make new friends, to socialise with people you never thought you would mix with, overcoming difference, prejudice and your own and others expectations.
- Improves Confidence & Self Esteem – step out of your comfort zone by working with new people, perhaps in a new environment and towards new goals and challenges possibly including public performance. Dance creates an opportunity to achieve, broaden horizons and raise aspirations. Enables people to make new connections with their local community and environment, to feel valued and opens up the potential for a more positive future, whilst most importantly having FUN!