DanceXchange is a power house of dance with excellence, innovation, participation and inclusion at its heart – and, together with Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham Royal Ballet, is part of the largest dance partnership in Britain.
Housed within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex, DanceXchange has some of the best dance facilities in the UK, with three studios and The Patrick Centre, a 206-seat studio theatre which was the first dedicated dance space outside London and remains one of the most important spaces for dance performance and production in the country.
DanceXchange takes the best British dance to a worldwide stage and brings outstanding artists from across the world to Birmingham.
DanceXchange Performance Season We programme outstanding artists from across the world, who perform in our 206-seat studio theatre, The Patrick Centre, which was the first dedicated dance space outside London and remains one of the most important spaces for dance performance and production in the country.
We nurture the best young dance talent, and work with communities, hard-to-reach groups and schools. We train and inspire the region’s dance talent through education and professional development, to help shape the dance artists, performers and leaders of the future.
The DanceXchange Class Programme
DanceXchange runs an open recreational Class Programme of around 45 dance classes each week for people of all ages, from beginner to professional, in a diverse range of styles, from Contemporary, to Capoeira, to Street Dance.
Centre for Advanced Dance Training (nationally known as CAT) DanceXchange runs the Centre for Advanced Dance Training, in partnership with sampad South Asian Arts, funded by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme, aimed at young people with exceptional talent and potential in South Asian or Contemporary dance.
DanceXchange is managing the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad for dance in the West Midlands, with a new go-to site for dance in the region intended to bring together the sector, stimulate new projects and reach a wider audience.
DanceXchange produces innovative site-specific commissions and large-scale performance events in both professional and community contexts, co-produces a range of touring productions, and runs its own small-scale touring dance company, Bare Bones. We produce exciting new dance works and bring them to new audiences, through International Dance Festival Birmingham, and through our Production and Touring Hub.
International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB)
DanceXchange is a co-producer, with Birmingham Hippodrome, of International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB), one of the largest and most diverse dance festivals in the world.
The biennial, four week festival has been running since 2008 and brings some of the world’s best dance artists to Birmingham’s finest venues. Incorporating an outstanding international theatre programme, world premieres, outdoor shows, workshops, family activities and school performances, IDFB has something for everyone.
With over 250 free events across the city, IDFB enlivens outdoor spaces, attracts audiences of over 60,000 and brings dance into the daily lives of people within the city. Exciting plans are in place for the next festival, which will take place in April and May 2014.