Welcome! to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations with a focus on learning. It has been led by artists since it was founded in 1984, with collaboration, questioning, advocacy and internationalism at its heart.

We are based at Siobhan Davies Studios (SDS) in London.

ID aims at all times to work towards being an organisation which is future-thinking, inclusive, anti-racist, and environmentally sustainable, working proactively towards positive change and justice both within ID and the wider arts field.

Our year-round public programme offers live and online classes, research projects, small-scale festivals, talks. We offer paid work to 80+ artists a year and collaborate with them and partner organisations across the UK and the globe to facilitate critically- engaged activity for artists, participants and audiences.

ID also forms a bridge between professional and academic spheres, co-delivering an MA/MFA degree programme with Trinity Laban and SDS and running a range of projects connected to higher education.

As such, ID is a thinktank, a hub for research, a meeting and learning ground, and a base for artists across generations. It is considered a ‘home’ organisation and reference point by a wide community across the UK and internationally.

Due to the pandemic, our four staff have mainly been working from home since March 2020. Since then we have adapted our programme, sustaining an online offer of classes and events throughout the year, attended by participants in 47 countries. During this time we have also piloted strands of work through Intersectional Dance Practices and are planning to expand these in 2021-2 and beyond.

How to be Afraid? led by mayfield brooks, Mary Pearson & collaborators

How to be Afraid? 

How to be Afraid? returns to Independent Dance for a week to include a public research space, talk and performance this May. Exploring somatic responses to the turbulent politics and pandemic conditions of this past year

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Image: mayfield brooks & Mary Pearson performing How To Be Afraid? at Improspekcije Festival (2019) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, photo by Tara Ivanisevic

Gill Clarke Bursaries

Funded by The Leverhulme Trust, we offer 25k each year to support students on MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional. Named after former co-director of ID and the founder of the MA, these Gill Clarke Bursaries are between 2k-7k each.

Application deadline: 7 June

Image: Rachel Lopez de la Nieta

Cripping Space & Time with Dan Daw, Kitty Fedorec & Tanja Erhart

How can the disabled body be empowered to redesign space and redefine time for itself in order to get what the body and mind need?

This research space is for artists who identify as Crip, D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent only 

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Image from left clockwise: Dan Daw and Christopher Owen, photo Hugo Glendinning; Tanja Erhart and Katharina Senk in “j_e_n_g_a” by two crutches, photo Franzi Kreis / Im_flieger 2020; Kitty Fedorec by Christa Holka

“ID’s work to bring innovations in dance research to London dance practitioners, artists and the wider community is vital.”

ID Participant

Images from top left, clockwise: Alexandrina Hemsley performing CONTOUR (2018) in collaboration with composer Jasmin Rodgman and The London Symphony Orchestra, photo Richard Moore | Bisola Bello, photo Tamata Ferriari | Robert Anderson at the Echo Echo CI festival in Derry, NI, 2019, photo Olga Berdikyan |Yumino Seki, photo James Roseveare