Every body welcome: Brighton & Hove’s new home for dance The Dance Space is opening this July!
A 10-year fund raising campaign, one global pandemic and almost five years since construction began, Brighton & Hove charity South East Dance has today announced that the city’s first building designed especially for dance The Dance Space will open its doors to the public on 15 July, 2022.
Designed by award-winning architects shed km, and realised with the support of Brighton & Hove City Council, Arts Council England and a host of private donors, The Dance Space is a stunning state of the art, contemporary, steel-clad home for dance, located in the new Circus Street development in the heart of Brighton & Hove.
The Dance Space will provide much needed creation, rehearsal and performance space for professional dance artists, and present a year-round programme of dance classes, workshops and events for the whole community.
Featuring two accessible ground floor dance studios, a first-floor creation and performance space, two meeting rooms and a floor of office space, The Dance Space is available to hire oo. Bookings are being taken now for people who would like to hire the space to host their own dance classes, events, meetings and conferences.
When the doors open to the public in July, celebrations will kick off with a very special edition of Our City Dances, a free festival of dance taking place in and around The Dance Space. A week of free taster classes will follow, offering people of all ages and abilities across the city a chance to have a go at a variety of dance styles, reflecting what will be on offer there year-round from September.
Cath James, Artistic Director, says: “We’ve waited a very long time to be able to finally announce this opening date and it feels incredible. The Dance Space will be a place where professional artists will create and present world class work, and people of all ages and abilities will be able to have a go at dance.
“The launch in July will mark a significant moment for Brighton & Hove, adding to the city’s vibrant and valuable arts scene and providing an important new cultural asset for the whole community to experience the joy and wellbeing that dance can offer every body.”
From April, South East Dance will start testing the building with a small number of classes, workshops and performances to make sure the building works for its users, before opening to the public in July.
More information on that and details of the full launch programme will be available soon.
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