dancing heroTheatre Bristol has always been passionate about dance; we are here to support and develop all live performance. We share ideas around dance strategy at every monthly team meeting and every quarterly Board meeting. Choreographer Laila Diallo is on our board.

We support dance artists through our artist support service; one-to-one support that’s totally bespoke and completely free. One of our current Artist Support Associates, Karla Shacklock, is a dance artist. Karla supports all artists and producers but has particular expertise around the needs of dancers.

Twice a year we run Testing Ground – a platform for dance artists and companies, emerging or established, to test new performance ideas in front of a live audience. We also support young dancers through our partnership with RISE Youth Dance.

Deepraj Singh, still from a short film by Sam Pearson

We currently host Ruth Hecht – Bristol Dance Futures Advocate. Read more about the research which led to her role being created and who is on the Steering Group here.

Her role is to improve dance in Bristol through advocacy and by building resources. She’s doing 75 days’ work in 2018.

Full Tilt, Substratum photo by Andre Pattenden

Her role is to do 3 things:

To shout… by advocating for the dance sector in Bristol

To share… by establishing mechanisms for people in the dance sector to connect with each other as well as with others in the arts & cultural sector

To grow… by putting things in place to ensure there is sustainable support for Bristol’s dance ecology beyond 2018.

Read more about Ruth’s work to date and future plans here.

If you want to contact Ruth, email:

Trying It On, Bristol Museum photo by Daniel Martin