East London Dance

Dancing Landscapes. Photo: Hugo Glendinning
Dancing Landscapes. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Our Offer

For audiences

We creatively produce and present a diverse range of performances and events, both at our home in Stratford Circus and across east London. Events include theatre performances, outdoor and site-specific shows, digital broadcasts and special appearances at festivals. Our innovative approach to programming means that audiences get a unique experience and artists explore new ways to present their work. We also produce work that tours outside of east London so keep an eye out for a show near you.

For artists

We are renowned for identifying, nurturing and championing diverse artists with distinct artistic voices. We build long-term relationships with artists and have a broad offer of support and professional development for artists at all stages of their career. We prioritise working with people that have a connection to east London and that meet our artistic values. Check out our offer here and keep up to date with the latest opportunities. You can also see who we are currently working with here.

For children and young people

Children and young people are at the heart of our organisation. We are renowned particularly for the empowerment of young people with a tailored and responsive offer that helps young people to develop their ideas and artistry (see The Fi.ELD). We offer a range of open classes and progression routes, including major performance projects, creative residencies and opportunities to showcase work.

For adults and older people

We offer a range of regular classes as well as exciting, ambitious projects with amazing artists for people to join in. Our work with older people has generated lots of interest – both in our wonderful dancers in Leap of Faith and in the delivery models we have developed.

For schools

We work with schools in all sorts of ways and can develop bespoke projects to meet their needs. We help schools achieve Arts Mark and pupils to gain Arts Awards.

For partners and clients

A huge amount of our work is delivered in partnership. We bring our dance expertise and extensive knowledge of our local communities to creative collaborations with all sorts of different organisations. You can see all our partners here or find out how to commission our services here.

Dancing Landscapes. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Our History

East London Dance was established in the London Borough of Newham in 1987 as a regional dance council with a remit to develop dance opportunities for everyone across the outer east London boroughs. Kiki Gale arrived in 1991 on a 6 month, part time Dance Animateur contract and went on to develop and lead the organisation until her departure in Summer 2013.

East London Dance became an Arts Council England regularly funded organisation in 1994. In 1996 the organisation reconstituted as a regional dance development agency and became a company limited by guarantee in addition to being a registered charity.

East London Dance advised on the development of Stratford Circus and in 2001 moved in as resident partner to the newly opened community arts venue where we have been based ever since.

In 2006 East London Dance established the London Thames Gateway Dance Partnership (LTGDP) with Chisenhale Dance Space, Greenwich Dance, Laban and the ten local authorities in east and south east London, aiming to position dance at the forefront of social and urban regeneration. LTGDP has since initiated the Pan London Dance Partnership, opening up the membership across London.

In 2007 East London Dance was one of the founding members of Stratford Rising, a unique consortium of cultural organisations in Stratford working together to position arts and culture at the forefront of the major regeneration that is happening in Stratford. In 2009 East London Dance became the Big Dance lead hub for east London, securing 4-year investment from Legacy Trust UK to take dance into unusual spaces and reach new audiences and participants.

2012 was, unsurprisingly, a significant year for East London Dance with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place on our doorstep. During the year we were one of the partners for British Dance Edition 2012 – a biennial showcase event for international promoters – which took place across London for the first time ever; and we delivered a diverse and ambitious programme as part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.

Stratford and east London continue to undergo radical change and redevelopment with new communities arriving, new spaces appearing and new investment being made. East London Dance looks forward to the exciting journey ahead – the new people we will inspire, the new talent we will discover, and the new ideas we will realise.

Dancing Landscapes. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Our Team

East London Dance has a small, committed and dynamic staff team.

We also host work placements and internships regularly

We have a strong and experienced Board of Trustees:

Moira Sinclair (Chair)

Moira is Director of Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Previously she was Executive Director for London and South East at Arts Council England and is currently Vice Chair of Look Ahead Care and Support.

Graham Ambrose

Graham is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He advises institutional investors with regard to equity investments, and specialises in the Asia-Pacific region, where he lived for 8 years during the 1990’s.

Caroline Bowditch

Caroline is a disabled performance artist and choreographer who describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry.

Georgina Harper

Georgina is a dance theatre producer working primarily for ZooNation Dance Company. She is also Creative Director for MOVE IT dance exhibition and is currently developing a number of independent dance theatre and circus projects. She lives in Walthamstow.

Geoff Morley

Geoff is a hugely experienced digital marketing & technology specialist currently at the global mobile technology services company IMImobile, where he works with a wide variety of enterprises and brands.

Farah Nazeer

Farah is a policy, public affairs, campaigning and communications specialist. She is a Councillor in Newham and is also Director of Policy and Campaigns at Bond UK.

Chris Stenton

Chris is the Executive Director at Foundation for Community Dance and heads up the national Big Dance programme.

Sara-Ellen Williams

Sara-Ellen is a hugely experienced producer and project manager and is currently Head of Events for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Prior to this she led the volunteer cast department for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Paul Woodmansey

Paul is a communications professional currently heading up the PR for digital film, music and video games at Amazon.co.uk. Paul most recently led the communications for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies, the Cultural Olympiad and associated the education programme. We also work with a vast range of artists, practitioners and consultants – get to know some of them here.

Dancing Landscapes. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Support us

East London Dance is a charity and relies on the huge generosity of Arts Council England, public funders, trusts and foundations, individual givers, and corporate sponsors to enable our vital work with artists and communities in east London to happen.

We are based in the most deprived borough in London and the third most deprived in the UK. We need your support to continue having an impact on people’s lives through dance.

By donating to East London Dance you will enable us to continue:

  • Raising aspirations and uniting communities
  • Discovering and nurturing new talent
  • Attracting world class artists to east London and enabling our communities to have free and affordable access to work with them
  • Commissioning and presenting exceptional artistic work that engages and excites new audiences

Make your donation here

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We will soon be launching a new giving campaign so watch this space for details.

Support Us When Shopping Online

You can also support East London Dance without spending an extra penny. Give as You Live is an online tool that works with thousands of online retailers inviting them to donate a percentage commission of every purchase you make to your chosen charity. This commission is included in the price you pay so there is no extra cost to you!

It takes seconds to sign up and install – register and then select East London Dance as your charity. You can then continue with your normal online shopping whilst raising money for East London Dance.

Corporate Partnerships & Sponsorship

Align your brand with our values, artists and programmes. If you are interested in sponsoring East London Dance and our work, or have an idea and want to work with us on it, please get in touch office@eastlondondance.org

Dancing Landscapes. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Work With Us


We advertise all our job vacancies on our Opportunities pages.

Work Experience and Internships

We offer work experience to young people who live in east London. There is high demand for this so we set up opportunities through local schools and offer several work experience opportunities a year.

We also offer internships through the Creative Employment Programme, higher education institutes and occasionally on individual request.

Teach for Us

We have an Artist Bank of dance teachers and practitioners that lead our classes and projects. If you would like to join this Artist Bank and be considered for teaching opportunities, please email your CV to office@eastlondondance.org. We review CVs quarterly and will be in touch if we would like to meet you.


We often offer volunteering opportunities on our projects. If you are interested in volunteering with us please visit our Opportunities pages to see if there is anything on offer at the moment.