South East Dance, the national development organisation for dance in South East England, is bringing dance to the streets of Brighton as part of SPACE TO DANCE- a campaign to generate awareness and support for The Dance Space, a new home for dance in the heart of the Circus Street Market regeneration area. It will comprise of a brand new community space with three high specification dance studios, a performance space, serviced offices for creative industries, and a base for South East Dance.
Dance artists and local dance groups are supporting the campaign by dancing in SPACE TO DANCE floor squares, which will appear across the city from now until September. Brighton’s very own Charleston group, Savoy Kicks has already lent its support to the campaign by dancing in a SPACE TO DANCE floor square on Brighton’s iconic Bandstand.
So far, South East Dance has raised just over 80% of the funds it needs for The Dance Space, but still needs to raise £0.5m of its £3.78m target by November 2015! To raise the remaining amount the organisation is calling on local people and companies to back the campaign by kindly making a donation. Every pound raised will go directly to building The Dance Space. With almost 20% of the money still to raise, every donation will take South East Dance one step closer to its overall target!
Jamie Watton, CEO and Artistic Director of South East Dance strongly believes in the power dance has in transforming lives and bringing people together. ‘Dance is part of all our lives in so many different ways and South East Dance is passionate about making dance as accessible as possible in the city… We want to encourage dancing on the streets of Brighton and sharing the evidence on social media. This will help us raise awareness about The Dance Space and about the potential of dance to invigorate and potentially transform lives.’
The concept behind the SPACE TO DANCE campaign is to increase awareness of The Dance Space across the city and beyond. Once completed The Dance Space will be the largest centre for dance in the city, with purpose-built studios open to artists and local people of all ages and abilities.
To find out more about The Dance Space, the pop-up dance squares and to donate to the campaign, go to: www.southeastdance.org.uk