Funders, partners and supporters

Swindon Dance, enriching lives through dance

We work with a range of partners networks and supporters whose support enables us to achieve more and have a broader impact on our local community and national dance ecology. 


Arts Council England, Swindon Dance is a regularly funded Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.
Department for Education (DFE), student bursaries for the Centre for Advanced Training (Dance).

Department for Culture, Media and Sports – Cultural Recovery Fund, financial support during Covid-19 pandemic
SWLEP (Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership), financial support during Covid-19 pandemic

Project funders and supporters

BBC Children in Need, supporting our Salto! Inclusive Programme for children, youth and adults with learning difficulties.
Barnes Coaches, Inkind support with transport for youth dance groups.

Foyle Foundation, supporting the refurbishment of our Court Theatre and development of our online Digital Platform.
Garfield Weston Foundation, refurbishment and improvements of our Court Theatre.
Hills Community First purchase of soft furniture, a hearing loop and blinds to make our public spaces more family and disability friendly.
HSP Holman Specialist Paints, supplying paints for the decorating of our meeting room.
Nationwide, in-kind support with decorating.
Swindon Freemasons, in-kind support with decorating and soft furnishings.
Theatres Trust, the purchase of new automatic doors for our Court Theatre and theatre equipment to support social distancing and Covid-19 safety measures.
Wiltshire Community Foundation, supporting our Salto! Inclusive Programme for children, youth and adults with learning difficulties.
Zurich Community Trust, supporting a musician for the weekly adult classes of our Salto! Inclusive Programme and funding for a  relaxed performance – ‘An Evening of Dance’


UKDN – UK Dance Network  is a network of 28 dance organisations whose primary role is the development of dance in the context of presenting, programming and commissioning

People Dancing – The Foundation for Community Dance
Swindon Dance is a member of People Dancing which is a UK-wide organisation that exists to develop opportunities for people to experience and participate in dance. People Dancing work with, and on behalf of artists, organisations and teachers involved in leading, delivering or supporting community participatory dance.

One Dance UK
One Dance UK is the national body for dance in the UK, formed by the merger of Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England. The organisation represents dancers at all levels of the dance industry, and champions excellence in education, youth dance, dance of the African diaspora, performance, health and well-being, management, leadership and career development.

National Dance Centres for Advanced Training in Dance (CATs), Centres for Advanced Training (CATs) in Dance identify children with exceptional potential in dance and develop their talent through pioneering programmes, creating and inspiring future generations of world class dancers and choreographers.

UK Dance Conservatoires and Vocational Colleges, these institutions train some of our top dance professionals in the UK.  Many of the young dancers from our Talent Development Programme receive mentoring, coaching and advise from tutors of these organisations and go onto to oe of these schools to complete their full-time training before entering the professional world.  

ArtsMark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council



The Royal Ballet School (RBS) primary STEPS Partnership is funded by the DFE and run by the RBS Dance Partnership and Access Programme in Swindon with Swindon Dance. Every Autumn primarySTEPS provides year 3 pupils in Swindon with access to a first experience in dance, with pupils then selected to continue working with RBS through a three year programme in Swindon.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) Swindon Dance is an approved dance centre of the ISTD to deliver the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy accredited by ISTD.

Certa Access A partner involved on the accreditation side of our two full-time courses; Access to Higher Education (dance) and Access to Higher Education (urban Dance) – part of our Pre-vocational Training Programme.

Access to Higher Education A partner involved on the accreditation side of our two full-time courses; Access to Higher Education (dance) and Access to Higher Education (urban Dance) – part of our Pre-vocational Training Programme.

Pavilion Dance South West and other Dance organisations across the south west region; Swindon Dance and these organisations work together to bring a complete programme of inclusive dance projects, classes, workshops and performances across the region.  

Swindon Partners Carers Centre working together to give local carers time for a respite, re-enrgise and meet other carers through dance.

Artsmad is a local strategic development initiative comprising of local and regional arts and education organisations that together help children and young people in Swindon to access high quality arts experiences.

Big Hat Arts & Disability is an inclusive network combining Reach Inclusive Arts, Swindon Dance, Upham Road Day Centre, Music Alive, Gigabit, Commonweal and Crowdys Hill Schools. It exists to develop opportunities, raise awareness and increase access to performing arts, particularly for disabled people.

Prodance is a professional urban dance agency that works with some of the most influential dancers in the world helping them achieve their goals as professionals. Prodance works closely with Swindon Dance mentoring and coaching our young talented urban dancers.

Plague Dance Crew are one of the most respected street dance companies on the planet. Formed by Mukhtar Omar Sharif Mukhtar (now a lead dancer and choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil). Plaque, under the Direction of Brooke Miliner work to inspire and train the next top level street dancers.

Parkinson’s UK Swindon, delivering weekly dance sessions for those suffering with Parkinson’s.

Prime Theatre, theatre for young children and adults in Swindon.

Create Studios, working nationally and internationally from its base in Swindon to inspire and support artists and talent in the digital

The Jam Movement! and Your Next Move Our partners in our yearly 5-day international Street Dance festival and West Country Clash battle event and our development as a centre of excellence for Street Dance.  Find them on social media

Swindon Borough Council working together with Arts Council England and various local businesses and arts/cultural organisations on the development of the town centre Cultural Quarter.  Find them on social media

InSwindon Town Centre Bid working with InSwindon and other cultural organisations to take dance events and activities out into Swindon Town Centre.  Find them on social media

Hikari Arts is based at Swindon Dance and  was founded over 10 years ago We are the only combined music and drama school based right in the centre of Swindon.




Featured photographs and film content by:

      • Baila Productions
      • Dan Martin Photography
      • Jack Thomson
      • Joey-D
      • Mark Pepperall
      • Rachel Cherry
      • Tony Nandi
      • Worldskills

* other pictures courtesy of featured companies and artists


Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of the local authority in leasing us our venue, the old Town Hall, and maintaining the building’s infrastructure