About Us

Big Dance, Olga Primary School, 2016. Photo: Harriet Guest

About Us

East London Dance is here to champion and grow east London’s dance scene.   

Our doors are open to all. Through our projects, classes, courses and events, we are here for everyone with an interest in expressing themselves through dance. From those with a simple passion for movement, to the creative leaders who go on to form professional dance companies. 

Developing Talent & Building Careers  

We invest in independent dance artists and producers. Providing space, training, time and resources, allowing them to test ideas, learn, collaborate and share work; build their careers, creativity and communities; and unlock their leadership potential.

Building Physical & Mental Wellbeing  

We give young people the opportunity to make the decisions, build confidence and become leaders, as well as developing their dance  and performance skills in a range of styles that speak to them. By building healthier lives with dance and the training that goes with it, we help develop physical health and mental wellbeing.   

Co-creating for Social Change  

We produce and champion boundary-breaking performances and events of all sizes that are led by and bring together artists, producers and participants from our local communities. Trusting in their ambition and placing them at the centre of our decision making is how we give light to the issues that matter and drive the social change we all desire.

Making Locally Rooted Connections  

We create pathways where they’re lacking or don’t currently exist. We connect communities and the cultural sector; collaborate locally, nationally and internationally; bring world renowned artists to mentor and inspire creatives; and embed positive role models within local communities, sharing valuable, confidence-building life skills. We are a catalyst for creativity.  

Providing Accessibility & Inclusivity  

East London Dance is committed to inclusivity, equity and accessibility and to representation of the diverse east London communities we serve. We welcome and celebrate all protected characteristics across our programme participants, audiences and staff.  

We are always working hard to be an anti-racist organisation.

We subscribe to the mandates set out by the #BAMEover and #WeShallNotBeRemoved campaigns. We listen to and learn from our participants, artists and communities to continually improve how we interact with and treat people, as an organisation and as individuals, and to strengthen the relevance and accessibility of our offer.