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What Would Life Be Without Dance?

Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Dansworks has been awarded £89,600.00 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Dansworks is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

Dansworks was formed by Karen Roe-Connearn in January 2008 and has grown significantly over the last 12 years. It has always had a different approach to that of many other Performing Arts organisations and that is why it changed its setup to become a Community Interest Company. Dansworks is rooted into the local community and is a strong supporter of local community and economic development.

With our students, we use performing arts to give them traits that will benefit them & enhance their life with cultural understanding & confidence. Whether they are looking for a career in performing arts or have fun taking part in something different, the skills, confidence, & culture that they gain will help them through all walks of life in future. Dansworks provides a fun environment which is supportive & inclusive whilst offering the highest quality tuition. We want children to develop to their full potential & to achieve beyond their expectations. Dansworks is there for everyone too, our classes for children & adults with special educational or physical needs have been enjoyed by many students over the years & we treat every student equally.

The investment will see Dansworks invest heavily in Teacher Development, Improved Facilities and Mental Health. We are particularly looking forward to building considerably on our partnership with ‘In Mind Therapies’ to focus on positive mental health for team and students.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs, and help the culture sector’s recovery.

“These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:

“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Dale Connearn from Dansworks said: This investment will secure the future of Dansworks, improve the experiences and life chances for students and cement Dansworks role in the local community. We love what we do, and this will help to ease the stress for our amazing team and everyone connected to Dansworks.

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