Market regeneration may offer Space To Dance

The regeneration of Circus Street Market could see provision of a new home for dance in Brighton and Hove. South East Dance is looking to raise funds to make this a reality.

‘SPACE TO DANCE’ is the title of their fundraising campaign to build The Dance Space,, which will connect local people to dance and demonstrate the power it has to transform lives.

South East Dance has so far raised over 75% of the funds it needs for The Dance Space but still needs to raise £810,000 of its £3.78 million target. To raise the remaining amount the organisation is calling on local people and companies to back the campaign by making a donation based on whatever they can afford.

Every pound raised will go directly to building The Dance Space – and with almost 25% of the money still to raise, every donation will take South East Dance one-step closer to their overall target.

Last week a launch event was held at the future site of The Dance Space on Circus Street, later moving to Emporium in Brighton’s newly revitalised London Road area. A host of local artists, business people and city-influencers, including Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, were treated to an inspirational evening sharing the future vision for the space.

“Dance is an essential part of all of our lives in different ways,” said Jamie Watton, CEO/Artistic Director for South East Dance. “It can enhance the lives of individuals and invigorate communities and the city but this vital art form does not yet have a permanent home in our city.”

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The Dance Space will fill this gap, giving dance the visibility and presence it deserves with an on-going and lasting impact on the people and places around it. This can only happen with the support of local people and businesses in the area.

The concept behind the SPACE TO DANCE campaign is to increase awareness of The Dance Space across the city and beyond to support raising the remaining funds needed before building work can begin in Nov 2015. Once completed The Dance Space will be the largest centre for dance in the city, open to artists and local people of all ages and abilities.

To find out more about The Dance Space and to donate to the campaign, go to

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