Welcome to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is an artist-led organisation working responsively to support and fuel dance artists in all roles, at all stages of their career, and of all physicalities.

We nurture a practice-led, peer-supported international community of dance artists, with a particular focus on inclusive body-based research enriched by cross-disciplinary and diverse approaches.

Often working with internationally renowned artists, our programme of classes and workshops, complemented by projects and events, invites artists and audiences to deepen enquiry and exchange ideas.

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Summer 2019 season

Our summer season starts on 29 April with Sheena McGrandles (Morning Class) and Jessica Lerner (Monday Night Improv), and runs until the 28 June.
Click here for the full list of artists leading class.

In May, Katye Coe leads our first Research Space – a new strand to ID’s programme that creates bespoke formats with artists to open up their research through dancing, making and discussion.

In July we welcome Karen Nelson for a week long intensive uniting Contact Improvisation (CI), Material for the Spine (Steve Paxton) and Tuning Scores (Lisa Nelson) – Space Mix/Interrogating CI.

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How does the dancer speak?

A Research Space led by Katye Coe
18 – 19 May 2019

With a strong belief that dancing matters and can speak boldly into political and social arenas, Katye proposes that the time in which dance is a vehicle for change has already begun….

The weekend will consist of a series of proposals in the studio and beyond. Katye invites dancers to share her research and questions:

What does the experience of dancing bring when it is spoken?

Why and how does this body of experience matter?

Find out more about Katye and Research Space.


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Space Mix / Interrogating CI

Workshop with Karen Nelson
1-5 July 2019

This workshop explores “inner” and “outer” spaces, combining rigorous sensory warm-ups, physicalising through CI, and the related systems of Material for the Spine (originated by Steve Paxton) and Tuning Scores (originated by Lisa Nelson).

CI interrogates its history and currency will take place on Friday evening: a participatory lecture demonstration jam event centering on intersectionality and stories of CI through the body, open to the public. Click here to book.

In partnership with Tanzfabrik Berlin, The Work Room Glasgow and Groundwork Pro Cardiff.

Find out more about Karen and the workshop.