DCNW members are driving a 4 year programme, supported by Arts Council England and others.

DCNW is already making change happen and from the onset of the pandemic has utilised its sector-wide collaboration platform.  It has instigated a range of tasks groups, issued its first commissions and completed its first mentoring programme.  In parallel, collective action and knowledge sharing has been focused on a strategic and covid-ready Dance Plan, to open opportunities for policy level advocacy and attracting further inward investment.  The Plan has been a welcome opportunity to think more ambitiously about the whole of the North West dance ecology, create and begin to action a growth strategy.



Strengthening the Dance Ecology


Cheshire Dance is the lead organisation of Dance Consortia North West, a powerful gathering of dance artists, companies, venues, universities and dance development organisations that are collectively responsive to the strengths, needs and specialisms of the region’s artists and organisations whilst also learning from and collaborating with the wider dance and cultural sector.

Co-founded in 2017, DCNW works to identify and deliver collective actions that produce change which is greater than that which artists and individual organisations could produce by themselves. Working together to make small changes and big impacts, as a Consortium DCNW aims to:

  • * Grow the quality and range of dance entering, generated in and emanating from the North West

  • * Nurture regional talent, enable artistic ambition, production and presentation

  • * Develop audiences, engagement and sector knowledge

  • * Attract regional, national and international attention for dance in the North West.

DCNW Membership is drawn from (and reflects) different parts of the dance ecology. An Executive Group which is representative of the membership meets quarterly and the Consortia is led by a Partnerships Director.

Task Groups meet regularly to create and deliver an action plan - the purpose established by the Executive Group and the groups. Current task groups include:


To find out more, to view the current programme and to join the conversation, visit: www.danceconsortianorthwest.org. To contact Dance Consortia North West, please email: paul@cheshiredance.org.  





Dance Consortia North West Partners

Executive Group

Cheshire Dance
Co. Chameleon
Dance HE NW Consortium
Culture Warrington
Higher Education Reps
Lancaster Arts
Ludus Dance
Merseyside Dance Initiative
The Lowry
Wired Aerial
Independent Chair, Sue Harrison
Arts Council England observer(s)


Connected Groups
Dance HE NW Consortium
Edge Hill University
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool Hope University
Salford University
University of Bolton
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chester
University of Cumbria

Artist Led For Artists (ALFA)
ALFA is a 100+ strong, open membership group of NW dance artists.  It has come together to advocate for dance artists, their connections to the wider dance sector, champion diversity and visibility of artists as well as share resources and knowledge to further the development of the art of dance.

Venues Group
Albert Halls, Bolton
Blackpool Grand
Bluecoat, Liverpool
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
Contact, Manchester
Dance House, Manchester
HOME, Manchester
Lyceum, Crewe
Storyhouse, Chester
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
The Lowry, Salford
New Adelphi, Salford University
Unity Theatre, Liverpool


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Cheshire Dance is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is acting as the accountable body for funding relationships for DCNW and employer of the Partnerships Director post. For further information, please contact Adam Holloway, Director of Cheshire Dance, on 01606 861770.