Dance Consortia North West (DCNW)

Contact name

Paul Smith


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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. These groups come together to identify challenges facing the sector, possible solutions, and seed funding opportunities for pilot projects. Current task groups include: Artists (Artists Led For Artists: ALFA), CPD & Participation, Executives Group, Education, Venues.

DCNW is made up of 30 dance organisations, venues and promoters, HE Institutes and a 100+ strong network of Dance Artists. Cheshire Dance acts as the accountable body for funding relationships for DCNW.


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* Albert Halls Bolton

* Arts Council England 

* Artist Led For Artists (ALFA)

* Blackpool Grand Theatre

* Bluecoat Liverpool

* Brewery Arts Centre

* Capstone Theatre 

* Cheshire Dance

* Company Chameleon

* Contact Manchester

* Crewe Lyceum Theatre

* Culture Warrington

* Dance House Manchester

* Edge Hill University

* Fallen Angels Dance Theatre 

* HOME Manchester 

* Lancaster Arts

* Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)

* Liverpool John Moores University

* Liverpool Hope University

* Ludus Dance

* Movema

* New Adelphi Theatre

* Salford University 

* Storyhouse

* Theatre by the Lake

* The Lowry

* Wired Aerial

* Unity Theatre

* University of Bolton

* University of Central Lancashire 

* University of Chester

* University of Cumbria

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