Dance Futures: TB’s plans for dance in Bristol

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Testing Ground (c) Simon Abel

Theatre Bristol has long recognised the need for intensive development to enable dance to flourish in the city. In 2016 we stepped up our thinking and planning to help make this happen, talking to loads of people connected to dance in Bristol and the South West about their needs and priorities, and the gaps and opportunities they’re seeing right now.

This culminated in:

An audit of dance provision in Bristol – this is a live work-in-progress document and still has some gaps where we would welcome your input. We would particularly like to see wider range of the dance education work happening in schools to be represented here, and other dance practitioners – if that’s you, and let us know!

A dance round table at M Shed with over 30 brilliant dance leaders, hosted by TB in partnership with Pavilion Dance South West, Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Katy Noakes. This generated some great thinking around what we can do collectively to supercharge dance in the city, for artists, audiences and participants. The notes from this meeting are available here.

We want to share with you what’s been happening since that meeting, and Theatre Bristol’s plans for dance development in 2017/18. 

We’ve put together a document titled Dance Futures 2 which you can read in pdf: Download Dance Futures 2. It outlines how we’ll use our investment to develop dance on 2017-18 and our proposal for a Dance Futures steering group. We’ve included the steps we’re taking to help move Bristol’s dance ecology forwards, and those the wider sector needs to contribute towards. 

It particularly focuses on the need for capacity and leadership, which we think will give us the best chance of creating a legacy for all the dance development work in the city.

If you want to be included in our dance audit, let us know about dance that’s not on our radar, or contribute to the ongoing conversation, feel free to get in touch with

In the meantime you can catch up on our dance activity here, and of course search for dance classes and events across the city.