Dance United

Europe, United Kingdom, London
Art discipline: Dance
Participated in ICAF in: 2011, 2014, MINI-2011
http://www.dance-united.com

Dance United combines high quality contemporary dance with social concern. At the heart of their ambition is an unshakeable belief that every life should have meaning and purpose and a wish to release the positive potential within people who find themselves marginalised or whose potential remains, for whatever reason, unrecognised or unfulfilled.

Contemporary dance training and performance of the highest quality has the power to unlock this potential. But only when that potential is unleashed as a result of tightly-focused and highly disciplined artistic endeavour. No hiding places, no short-cuts, no excuses, Dance United have consistently seen how this uncompromising approach has changed the lives of young offenders, street children in Ethiopia, and people from across the divide in Berlin and Northern Ireland. They reach the hard-to-reach

Dance United was founded in 2000. The organisation has a core team of full-time and part-time members of staff and also regularly work with freelance dance artists. Since Dance United launched its award-winning Academy programme in Bradford in 2006, over 200 young offenders who were teetering on the brink completed the programme. Many have not reoffended and have gone on to further education, training or have entered the workplace. Dance has transformed their lives. As well as transforming lives, the Academy programme has also firmly established Dance United as one of the foremost and innovative companies working in the arts for social development today.

 

Many people know the organisation from the documentary ‘Rhythm is It' (2004), where Dance United worked with 400 children from Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the leadership of Simon Rattle. Dance United's filmproduction ´Destino´ (2009) was shown at ICAF-5: http://vimeo.com/9647085. This production focuses on the life of Ethiopian dancer Junaid Jemal Sendi (a formal streetchild). Junaid also performed live at ICAF.

 

At ICAF-6, Dance United choreographer Carly Annable Coop will present the company’s very latest documentary about a recent project with psychiatric clients.

 

The Dutch audience might know the organisation from the documentairy ‘Rhythm is It' (2004),

where Dance United worked with 400 children from Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the leadership of Simon Rattle:

 

 

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