Artistic vision

One of the UK’s leading dance organisations, Independent Dance (ID) has been led by artists since it was founded in 1984, with learning, collaboration and internationalism at its heart. ID is based at Siobhan Davies Studios (SDS) in London.

Our aim at all times is to be an organisation which is future-thinking, inclusive, anti-racist and environmentally sustainable, agitating for positive change and justice both within ID and the wider arts field.

Our year-round public programme includes live and online classes, labs, research, festivals and talks. We offer paid work to 100+ artists a year and collaborate with them and 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 MA/MFA Creative Practice : Dance Professional with Trinity Laban and SDS and running a range of initiatives connected to higher education.

Fundamental to ID’s vision is a commitment to pursuing outward-facing work; ID connects people and collaborates with partners across the UK and internationally.

As such, ID is a thinktank and a research hub for meeting and learning that spans generations. It is considered a ‘home’ organisation and reference point by a wide community across the world.

I am increasingly excited by the contribution dancers do and could make within our various communities, not only as performers, but as harbourers of an embodied knowledge, traders in mindful motion – facilitating experiences rather than delivering consumable goods

Mind Is As In Motion (2011) by Gill Clarke, former co-director of ID


Our offer is inclusive, professionally-focused and uncompromising in its rigour. We work to support dance artists to play multiple roles – as teacher, maker, performer, producer, activist, facilitator and more.

We value dance as a form of knowledge, and as a method of generating knowledge and understanding. We champion the distinct contribution of learning and research through (rather than merely about) dancing, teaching and making. We champion the value and wide relevance of embodied learning and its multiple benefits.

We aim to create the conditions for artists and the artform to evolve in tandem, propelling each other. Our work enhances the way that artists work within their own projects and with companies, venues, students, participants and the wider public. By doing so we foster greater diversity; not only in terms of aesthetics or style, but also how work is made, by whom, with whom and for whom.

Our programme is influenced by improvisational forms, somatic practices, and a wide range of dance forms. This means that our approach to learning is by focusing on what movement feels like, rather than by imitating an ideal form; as such it is inherently accessible to people of all physicalities.

We cultivate and champion new kinds of relationship which explore and collapse the binaries of student and teacher, dancer and choreographer, artist and academic, theory and practice, process and product, artist and audience.