Our Services

Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Tomorrow’s Men, 2012. Photo: Irven Lewis


We are able to provide a range of workshops in any dance style; from street dance to swing you’ll have access to our diverse artist database. Whether it is a one-off workshop or a long-term programme of classes, we have experienced teachers that can adapt their approach for people of all ages and experiences.

Case Study

One Movement Copper Box Festival
Client: East London Business Alliance

One Movement Copper Box Festival was a test event at the Copper Box, one of the brand new venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. East London Business Alliance produced a full day of activity, on 21 April 2012, for young people from the Olympic boroughs to come and experience a range of sports and physical activity and test out the new venue that was used for Handball during the Games.

East London Dance delivered a back-to-back programme of dance workshops including street dance, Bollywood and contemporary. The dance teachers were joined by our youth b-boy group, The Firm, who worked as peer mentors and showed off a few of their moves to inspire the other young people.

“Your dance leaders were inspirational and I could see lots of young people having an amazing time (and very few leaving the dance area to try the other sports!).”
Hazel Durrant, Programme Manager Culture, East London Business Alliance

Photo: Nick Gurney


We build long-term partnerships with schools across east London supporting the delivery of high-quality dance both in curriculum and out of school hours.

We offer curriculum enhancement at all Key Stages, across the three interrelated processes of performing, composing and appreciating. We design tailored projects that enable children and young people to experience dance as an art form and that also make links across the curriculum. One of our strengths is enabling teacher-artist partnerships to flourish so professional development is embedded through the projects.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme which enables schools to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. East London Dance can support schools to achieve Artsmark status through provision of high-quality dance opportunities.

Dance is an excellent way of building pupils’ confidence, aspiration and self-esteem and East London Dance can work with schools to design projects utilising the Pupil Premium, to help raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

Dance is also great for getting pupils active and healthy and East London Dance can work with primary schools to develop PE and Sport Premium projects.

East London Dance also offers INSET training and professional development for teachers.

Case Study

GCSE Dance Workshops
Client: Central Foundation School for Girls

Central Foundation School for Girls in Tower Hamlets wanted to bring in professional dance teachers to work with GCSE Dance students on the use of choreographic devices and fusion of dance styles.

East London Dance provided a bespoke 8-week programme of technique and choreographic workshops for the GCSE students. We designed 1.5 hour sessions that were delivered twice a week during school time by Alesandra Seutin with an assistant artist. Alesandra was able to combine her knowledge of the GCSE Dance curriculum with her professional experience and unique aesthetic, Afro-Eclectic, which fuses contemporary, African and street styles.

C-12 Dance Theatre & New London Orchestra, Bolero Remixed, 2010. Photo: Nick Gurney


East London Dance works with a wide range of exceptional dancers and performers that can be booked for your event, conference, festival or party. Our dancers include community, youth and professional performers and we have been known to programme anything from a Halloween party in a local town hall to an awards ceremony in central London and even a wedding!

Our expert team can also produce events and festivals handling the creative vision and programming as well as the practical delivery of the event.

Case Study

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Opening
Client: Serious

Serious produced the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening festival for the South Park on 5 & 6 April 2014. East London Dance were commissioned to lead on the dance programme for the celebrations.

We presented a wealth of quality dance performances that were high-energy, fun and entertaining, including Sky’s Got to Dance and Britain’s Got Talent favourites House All Stars, Kieren and Mindtrick, and Kazar. We also presented Folk Dance Remixed who got the audience up and dancing in their unique and spectacular Street Dance the Maypole workshops.

“Thanks so much to you and the rest of the East London Dance team for providing such a fantastic dance programme. It was brilliant and there were big crowds loving it!”
Natalie Maddix, Serious

Sakthi Fine Arts, A Lover’s Journey, 2010. Photo: Stephen McLaren


East London Dance works with a range of artists and organisations to respond to and realise your brief in order to create a performance or experience unique to you. You may wish to add a spectacular headline to your event or create a new work in response to a particular theme or location. We are a creative company which can bring together people, resources and artists to produce high-quality commissions. We can handle everything from generating ideas, delivering the production or organising logistics to marketing and evaluation.

Case Study

Holocaust Memorial Day Dance Commission
Client: Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust wanted to incorporate dance and the arts to their annual Holocaust commemorations to accompany an exhibition they were touring to schools.

East London Dance were commissioned to deliver a new 10-minute performance. Identifying that we would need to create an abstract, educational and inspiring piece of choreography that could sit in this sensitive cultural event we selected choreographer Tony Adigun (Avant Garde Dance) to create a short piece with Avant Garde Youth Company (14-19 years old) in response to the theme ‘Speak up, Speak Out’. The piece was performed as part of an exhibition for secondary school pupils.

“Working with East London Dance was great. The dance performance was really well received by the young people in the audience and many of them wrote about the dance when reflecting on the UK HMD event. Working with East London Dance really shaped our arts programme and has left a strong legacy for the programme today”
James Hurst, Director of Operations at HMDT

Photo: Carmen Klammer


As specialists in dance, creative producing, and particularly in participation and learning, East London Dance can work with you to offer advice and support to develop your ambitions, knowledge and approach.

Whether you want support with creative concepts, ideas, local contacts and knowledge, project delivery, logistics, learning and participatory programmes or even for marketing in the arts, our open and flexible approach means we listen to your needs and tailor our consultation services accordingly.

Case Study

Dancing Voices
Client: Barrowland Ballet

In 2012, East London Dance commissioned Natasha Gilmore to choreograph a major new work featuring hundreds of older dancers for the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.

Natasha had recently established her dance company, Barrowland Ballet, in Glasgow and was keen to develop a major older people’s project in the city. East London Dance worked as project consultants for Barrowland Ballet to re-produce Dancing Voices in Glasgow drawing on our delivery model and learning from what we were doing in London, and training up her team of producers to understand how to produce large-scale participatory performance projects.

“I have worked as a choreographer with many different dance organisations across the country, but none that match East London Dance’s ability to produce such inspirational work with communities. It has been great for my team to learn from their approach and strategies to deliver such ambitious work with non-professional dancers.”
Natasha Gilmore, Artistic Director, Barrowland Ballet

Street Stories, 2012. Photo: Brian Slater

Arts Award

Arts Award offers a range of unique qualifications for young people up to the age of 25 years, to develop their skills as artists and arts leaders.

As an Arts Award Supporter, East London Dance can support you to work towards your Discover, Explore or Bronze Arts Award. We offer a range of activities for you to get involved in to contribute towards your award.

Here are some examples of how we can support you:

  • Watch a show – free or discounted tickets for East London Dance events
  • Take part in one of our regular open dance classes
  • Attend a post show talk and meet the artists
  • Volunteer at one of our events
  • Attend an event and write a review for our website
  • Get involved with one of our creative projects

These are just some examples of the ways in which we can support you. To find out more contact Kirsty Anderson-Tyrrell or ring 020 8279 1050

Find out more about Arts Award and locate your nearest Centre by visiting www.artsaward.org.uk

For teachers and schools

East London Dance can offer bespoke projects to help your pupils achieve Arts Awards in school. We tailor each package to specific needs and work with professional dance artists to deliver high-quality inspirational experiences for all the young people involved.

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