About TeesDance

TeesDance - championing dance in, and for, Tees Valley.

CONNECT • CELEBRATE • ADVOCATE

Flipping perceptions and putting dance at the forefront.

Our Vision

A world where everyone has access to high quality, vibrant and diverse dance experiences – no matter who you are or where you live.

Our Mission

To build and strengthen the dance sector in the Tees Valley. Allowing local artists to flourish and for everyone; children, young people, adults and seniors, to have the opportunity to experience dance in all its diverse forms and settings with a deep and lasting effect. Dance that makes a difference; challenges perceptions of who it’s for, and what can be achieved.

Aims

  • Profiling, celebrating and advocating the importance of dance in all its diverse forms and settings
  • Supporting the workforce to achieve excellence in dance performance, education and management
  • Improving conditions for dance to be learnt, discussed and seen
    Making high-quality dance accessible to all

History

In 2020, in the midst of a national lockdown, Amy Swalwell delivered an online festival; TeesDance Festival 2020 to celebrate and profile the workforce across the Tees Valley to help support them during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was from this moment that TeesDance was born!

TeesDance is a neutral organisation with the sole purpose to support the dance sector in the Tees Valley. As a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, TeesDance identifies the gaps in provision and provide opportunities in response. TeesDance currently delivers learning and participation programmes for young people as well as an annual festival to profile, celebrate and advocate for our local artists, workforce and young people.

Values

Through dance, young people can widen their aspirations and achieve their full potential as successful learners, confident artists and responsible citizens.

We want to create a rich dance experience that allows people to not only participate in a range of dance genres, but also to give them the experience of dancing, creating dance, performing, viewing and taking on leadership roles.

The key objective is to provide a seamless dance experience that takes an individual from first steps in dance, deepening engagement through participating in dance in and beyond schools, to progression onto training for a dance career.

The lasting legacy will be for young people to become life-long dance enthusiasts and participants – and for some a few, our dancers, choreographers and teachers of the future. And for these few, have a thriving dance sector where Tees Valley can be a place for professional artists to work, perform, teach and lead.

In the Tees Valley, we have expert dance educators and talented artist that provide high quality experience for people to learn, watch and discuss dance. TeesDance is here to support, profile and celebrate the workforce.

Watching professional live dance works can inspire, motivate, challenge, widen aspiration, artistic and cultural appreciation and develop skills in perception, interpretation and critical judgement. The immediacy of live dance, with its heightened sense of concentration and the power of the dancer to communicate, collaborations across music, design, lighting and
technology, and the sense of event – all makes watching dance live in a theatre setting a special and unique experience.

Through dance, people can widen their aspirations and achieve their full potential as successful learners, confident artists and responsible citizens. Dance offers a wide range of benefits including artistic & aesthetic understanding, cultural awareness, health and well-being, learning & attainment, life & employability.

Dance is unique as a physical art form sitting across both sport and culture.

Dance is an accessible, adaptable and enjoyable form of physical activity, cultural and artistic expression; as well as for what it can do: it improves fitness, educational attainment, opens up new career opportunities and widens artistic and cultural horizons. It has particular appeal to people who may not readily engage with traditional sports, such as young women and some cultural/ethnic groups.

Dance is great at any age, from classes for children through to as a care home activities. Everyone can dance, those who are able-bodied or have a physical or learning disability. It is an all-inclusive activity and art form! Dance can be done in informal settings like in gardens, or by individuals in bedrooms, as well as in formal settings.