ICIA, University of Bath are pleased to announce that Bath Dance has been successful in gaining 65k from Arts Council England to further develop dance in Bath and North East Somerset over an 18 month period, Spring 2013 to Summer 14.

The ACE award will help highlight and connect the diverse dance on offer in B&NES and develop opportunities for the community to engage in dance as participants, creators and audience members.

Lisa Lort, Creative Producer of Bath Dance comments, “This is an exciting opportunity to develop and raise the profile of the wonderful diversity of dance available in BaNES. From raising awareness of the dance offer through a BaNES Dance Class Directory to commissioning international site-specific performances at the heart of the city with renowned professional companies such as Protein Dance Company. Dance is an art form everyBODY should have access to, it not only keeps you fit and healthy, but benefits people mentally and socially”

Bath Dance is now in a strong position to achieve its vision, which includes; highlighting, connecting and extending the current dance offer, supporting those delivering and producing dance at a grass root level, working with ICIA to co-commission 3 live site specific dance events in the heart of the city and showcasing dance in BaNES at a regional and national level.

Deryck Newland, Artistic Director for Pavilion Dance South West said: Pavilion Dance South West, the National Dance Development organisation supporting the south west region, is delighted that Bath Dance have been supported by Arts Council England to continue their good work in Bath and North East Somerset. We look forward to continuing actively to support Bath Dance get more people watching and participating in dance in the area”

John Struthers, Director of the ICIA said; “We are delighted at this news, which will have a big impact on the dance ecology here in BaNESThis level of investment from ACE shows confidence in Bath Dance and its ability to place dance in BaNES on the regional and national dance map ”