Welcome! to Independent Dance

Independent Dance (ID) is one of the UK’s leading artist development organisations.

Founded in 1984, and artist-led ever since, ID works responsively to support dance artists in all roles, of all physicalities, and at all stages of career.

Our public programme includes live and online classes, workshops, research spaces, festivals and talks, taking an experimental and interdisciplinary approach to inclusive body-based research. We support 80 or more international artists a year to lead and facilitate activity for artists, practitioners and audiences.

ID also co-leads on MA/MFA Creative Practice with Trinity Laban, forming a bridge between academic, practice-based and professional working contexts.

ID is resident at Siobhan Davies Studios (SDS) in London. We are a partner in an Arts Council England-funded NPO consortium with SDS and work in close liaison with them and other UK and international organisations; collaboration, exchange and enquiry is at the heart of what we do.



Online booking

Booking is open for next week’s online morning classes with Amy Voris and for Monday Night Improv with Sherwood Chen

Book here

Image: Eva Karczag, photo Luca Stratolin

MA/MFA Creative Practice Open Day

We have two online Open Days coming up for the MA/MFA Creative Practice programme: Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Virtual Open Evening on 28 Jan for all postgraduate courses & ID online Open Day on 25 Feb focused on the MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice.

Image: The Next Five Minutes: Reversion’(working title), Alice Gale-Feeny

Spring programme!

Click here to see the full line-up of artists teaching Morning Classes and Monday Night Improvisation from January to March

The programme is being offered online in a range of modes due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Image: Sherwood Chen, photo Michał Wojtarowicz

Keep Listening, Keep Talking

A new partnership initiative by Dance HE, Independent Dance, C-DaRE at Coventry University and Centre for Performance Philosophy at the University of Surrey. A series of discussions focusing on anti-racism in Higher Education contexts

Stemming from an HE Round Table led by ID and Adesola Akinleye in 2020, Keep Listening, Keep Talking will take the form of three peer conversations held online in January, July & March 2021. Each conversation will start with a short provocation by a guest speaker with lived experience of racism in HE contexts. Read more here

Image : Carla Trim Vamben, photo Donae Willis

“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, clockwise: Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot & Petra Söör, photos by Akshay Sharma and Maria Andrews, collage | Amy Voris, photo Christian Kipp | Rosalie Wahlfrid, still from film Småland | Francis Angol, photo Robert Waite