Black Country Dance Hub special school project

FRONTLINEdance were invited by The Black Country Dance Hub (BCDH) to deliver a dance performance project for Special Schools and SEN departments in Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton & Walsall. Our dance artists worked in 16 schools to create a short dance piece with the young dancers. We worked with a wide range of ages and disabilities, and film maker Matt Beckett from Rivera Films filmed the work:


Breakthrou’aDvANCE member’s perform, choreograph, support in the delivery of our workshops, and sometimes perform with our professional performance team. It’s open to disabled and non-disabled people. 

All members are committed to working at an advance level, and dancers must audition for a place in the group. They not only create their own work and perform in each others choreography, but they are taught the health & safety aspects of being a dancer too. Contemporary dance technique classes are taught, and the members create their own warm ups and cool down. Assisting in FRONTLINEdance workshops is part of being a member of this group, and leaderships skills are also introduced. Some members now team-teach parts of our sessions, and some have become paid members of staff.  

FRONTLINEdance regular sign post the group to other possible training opportunities, workshops, job opportunities and to volunteering.

FRONTLINEdance also deliver our successful TRANSCEND programme as an additional / alternative route.

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Access Routes into dance

Elevate funding from Arts Council England and a grant for Esmee Fairbairn has meant that we are now able to stream line our community classes.

We run session for a variety of needs and disabilities and accommodate everyone – making us fully inclusive. This also means that we can encourage those with a natural flare and enthusiasm for dance to train and take their next steps towards developing towards a career in dance.

For more info about our streamlined classes visit COMMUNITY or get in touch.

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Children and Young People’s Culture and Education Partnership

Stoke Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) is a recently formed network of local authority officers, arts, cultural, and heritage organisations, FE, schools, Staffordshire University, and other key people, from who are working with children and young people (aged 0-25 years) in Stoke and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The group is developing as a Cultural Education Partnership as part of the national Cultural Education Challenge and Stoke’s City of Culture bid. The CEP will become the strategic Board for formal and informal education as part of Stoke’s City of Culture bid.

The North Staffordshire Dance Development Group (NSDDP)

North Staffordshire Dance Development Partnership is a network and working group of organisations committed to the strategic development of Dance in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide opportunities to present and promote professional (non-commercial) dance in the area
  • Deliver opportunities for children and young people to work with professional artists, whilst developing their own skills and interests in dance
  • Provide community and inter-generational participatory experiences
  • Support the development of dance in Higher Education linking a clear pathway for FE & HE providers
  • Present opportunities for CPD for local dance artists and educationalist’s
  • Develop audiences
  • Advocate for Stoke & North Staffs at the West Midlands Dance Strategy groups, hosted quarterly in Birmingham.

NSDDP is a partnership of Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent’s CPP), ATG’s Regent Theatre & Victoria Hall Creative Learning Team, FRONTLINEdance, oPEn (a city wide network of Primary Schools in Stoke-on-Trent that has been established in response to the Government Primary School funding for PE and Sport.), Mitchell Arts Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme F.E. College (NULC), Stoke-on-Trent F.E. College (SoTC).

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Help us reach our target:A NEW ARTS FESTIVAL FOR STOKE-on-TRENT

We’re busy trying to fundraise for a new Disability Arts Festival that FRONTLINEdance will programme and lead, to take place in October 2019. It will have two strands: work made or performed by professional disabled artists, and bringing specially created art work and performances for hard to reach disabled communities (those who struggle with access, suitability, desire in attending).

We have already attracted some great partners, but would love for more to join us. If you are an organisation, venue, support group or charity who are wanting to support us, have your voice heard, or just want to take part then please get in touch 

Thanks to Appetite and Stoke-on-Trent City Council via their Community Arts Festival and Event Fund we’ve secured £3,000 so far. FRONTLINEdance are applying to grant giving bodies for the majority, but are looking at securing an addition £2,000 from other sources. This is to make sure our festival reaches PMLD groups: people with ‘Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties’ (PMLD) have complex learning needs. In addition to their severe learning difficulties, they may have other significant difficulties, such as physical disabilities, sensory impairment or a severe medical condition.

More info to follow, but you can make a donation to this exciting and special cause here:


Find out what it’s like to be a member of Breakthrou’dance in a series of interviews with our Breakthrou’ community dancers and please contact us for more information. First up we hear from Alice who attends our Youth Group.

Why do you come to Breakthrou’dance?
I enjoy the dance routines and Rachael’s choreography. I love seeing my friends.

What is your favourite thing about it?
Seeing all my friends and getting together. I like learning new dance routines and like contemporary dance.

What type of things do you do?
We work as partners or in a group and do a warm up. We learn dances and sometimes do our own choreography.

How long have you been coming?
Two years

How would you describe it to others?
It’s great! It gets you going, it’s good fun and good exercise. It motivates you and you learn your style of dance.

Can you talk about how you feel when you perform?
It makes me happy. I feel comfortable performing in front of people and I find it enjoyable.

What have others said about your performances?
They say that naturally I’m a really good dancer.