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OUR HOUSE 2022 Review

Relive the highlights of OUR HOUSE as we opened up the Talent House to local artists and collectives to curate a week of activity at a time.

Producers House Begins

4 November 2022

Members of the Producers House Programme We were excited to begin Producers House today, a new professional development programme that will support a dedicated cohort of incredible producers/creatives to expand their portfolio, grow the projects and programmes they are working …

Continuum Festival – Panel Discussions

6 September 2022

Continuum – Panel Discussions Back in July our team of 12 future innovators – The Fi.ELD – took over The Talent House  with Continuum, a two day festival of dance workshops, performances and panel discussions to equip early years dance …

Ideas Fund 2021 winners announced

22 July 2021

The Ideas Fund offers dance creatives the chance to pitch for financial, mentoring and in-kind support to research, test, or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas

The Talent House

25 March 2021

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new home, coming spring 2022

Leap of Faith – First Impressions Film

24 November 2020

‘First Impressions’ by East London Dance’s over 65s company, Leap of Faith. To celebrate their 21st Anniversary, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein asked East London Dance’s Leap of Faith to reimagine their seminal dance piece Border Tales. As Leap of Faith finished creating …

MESA Festival Reviews

20 October 2020

  Created by the 2020 Fi.ELD cohort MESA festival was an interactive, online multi-arts festival exploring the concept of family. It showcased young creatives, elevated underrepresented voices and provided a seat at the table for all.  Five incredible events took place across …

Ideas Summit 2019 Programme

27 March 2019

Ideas Summit 2016, by Jeremy Freedman You can view the Ideas Summit 2019 programme below or by downloading a PDF version of it here.    

East Wall: Storm the Tower

22 August 2018

East Wall – over 150 dancers and musicians stormed the Tower in a spectacular celebration of east London’s rich cultural heritage and diversity.


19 April 2018

IDENTITY – A celebration of east London’s eclectic dance and fashion cultures

The Fi.ELD Graduation 2017

10 January 2018

On November 30, 11 young creatives graduated from The 2017 Fi.ELD programme on a memorable night of reflections and celebration including inspiring words from special guest speaker Caleb Femi, Young People’s Laureate for London.

The Fi.ELD Festival Live + Direct

10 November 2017

East london Dance’s future innovators (The Fi.ELD) produced an amazing weekend of dance festivities at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 28 and 29 October. The Live + Direct Festival was buzzing for two days full of fiery dance battles, performances …

New East London Youth Dance Company announced for 2017/18!

ELYDC 2017/18. Credit Charlene Davies Led by newly appointed Artistic Director Jasmin Saulo and company assistant Marvin Drew, we are thrilled to announce that the East London Youth Dance Company (ELYDC) is back with a brand new group of young …

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund winners announced

1 April 2017

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund Winners 2017. Photo: Ben Stanley Top row (left to right): Joe Garbett, Carolina Adewale, Lisa Hood, Jo Rhodes, Mars El Brogy, Sharon Davis, Tom Rowland-Rees, Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-Temple. Bottom Row (left to right): Rashmi Becker, Emma Houston, …

Dreams Deferred

8 March 2017

East London Dance presented work by Jade Hackett at an event to celebrate the poetry of Langston Hughes

HeadStart Newham project announced

5 January 2017

East London Dance is embarking on major new partnership with HeadStart Newham to tackle the growing prevalence of mental health problems amongst young people.

Collabo 2016

23 November 2016

We celebrated an incredible 10 years of Collabo on 10 – 12 November

ELYDC rock the U.Dance London Regional Platform

5 April 2016

After weeks of rehearsals with their Lead Artist and choreographer Sara Dos Santos, the newly formed East London Youth Dance Company (ELYDC) took to the stage for their first performance together on Sunday 13 March at the U.Dance London Regional …

Shortlist Announced for the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund

10 March 2016

The Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund offers dance creatives the chance to pitch for £5,000 plus mentoring support to research, test, or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas. As part of the Dance Enterprise Hub we have put together a consortium …

After School Steps

7 March 2016

We’re project managing a tailor made dance programme for 6 month’s with St. Paul’s With St. Michael’s school

A big welcome to our School21 placement

8 January 2016

East London Dance is thrilled to welcome Geraldine Legester (Gem), a year 10 student at School21 based in Stratford, who will be working with the East London Dance team from November 2015 – March 2016 as part of the Real …

The Fi.ELD: Celebrating a successful 3 years

On 27 October we held the third and final Fi.ELD graduation here at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. As part of this evening we celebrated all three cohorts that have been on this incredible journey with us, inviting their past and …

Orfeo: Putting young people centre stage

30 April 2015

A Shared Commitment: Orfeo at the Roundhouse with the Royal Opera and East London Dance The Roundhouse is to host its first opera in collaboration The Royal Opera in January 2015, as renowned theatre director and former artistic direction of …

East London Dance announce their Future Innovators for 2015

East London Dance is pleased to introduce the third collective of emerging professionals taking part in The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators. East London Dance). Following a rigorous selection process this collective of 15 individuals aged 16 – 25 years will be …

Unleashed – The Winter News

WHAT’S GOING ON – A NEW MAKEOVER! So how does a dance organisation get the equivalent of a new haircut or a new makeover? Well it’s a new website of course! We maxed out the credit card (sorry Polly) and …

Revealing the Fi.ELD’s prime pitchers!

23 May 2014

East London Dance’s future innovators, The Fi.ELD, are currently in full creative flow. Under the direction and facilitation of Kate Scanlan (Scanner’s Inc) and Emma Kerr (East London Dance), the group of 12 emerging professionals, meet monthly for in depth …

Announcing The Fi.ELD 2014 – new cohort!

17 December 2013

East London Dance is pleased to introduce the new collective of emerging professionals on the path to becoming the future innovators in dance. Following a rigorous selection process this collective of 12 individuals aged 16 to 25 years will be …

Help ELD by shopping online with Give as you Live!

6 December 2013

This Christmas help raise money for East London Dance at no cost to you in a hassle free way… But not everyone knows that we are a charitable organisation. In fact many people don’t associate arts organisations as charities at …

Celebrating 25 years and Counting….Review

22 October 2013

In celebrating the past, present and future of East London Dance, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 September saw a huge variety of performances come together under one roof at Stratford Circus in the London borough of Newham. The abundance of …

Announced as a creative artist for Coronation Concert

24 May 2013

East London Dance announced as a creative artist at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace this Summer. The Royal Warrant Holders Association confirmed the names of artists that will take part in three magnificent Gala performances within the gardens of …

Catalyst bid success

13 May 2013

Leading UK Dance Organisations Scoop £150,000 Arts Council Award A GROUP of leading UK dance organisations – headed by Nottingham’s Dance4 – has been awarded £150,000 to support dance talent. The award, from Arts Council England has been given to …

New Director announced

30 April 2013

East London Dance is delighted to today announce that Polly Risbridger has been appointed as Director to succeed Kiki Gale, who departs the organisation after 20 years of hugely distinguished service and great success. Polly, who is currently Creative Producer …

Kiki Gale steps down as Artistic Director/Chief Executive

12 February 2013

East London Dance announces the resignation of Kiki Gale who has led the organisation for the last 21 years. She started her career as a dance performer, choreographer, and animateur, performing with companies including Ludus Dance Company and Rosemary Lee. …

Future Innovators on a journey into The Fi.ELD

25 January 2013

East London Dance is pleased to introduce a collective of emerging professionals on the path to becoming the future innovators in dance. Following a rigorous selection process this collective of 18 individuals aged 16 to 25 years will be embarking …

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