Support Us

1000 Pieces Puzzle, 2016. Photo: Carmen Klammer

Supporters Circle

In over three decades we’ve had an impact on countless lives, launched many careers and made a lot of friends. Working in one of the UK’s most deprived areas, we’ve seen the transformative effect dance can have.

Each year we reach audiences of at least 54,000; engage over 2,400 people in dance activities, with over 50% coming from ethnically diverse backgrounds; and mentor over 70 artists. We make our resources available to support others to realise their talent and potential.

“In over a decade here, I have been continuously impressed by the spirit, energy
 and dynamism of artists and young people in East London. We need and welcome your support to help us do what we do best – offering dance opportunities to those who are least likely to receive them.”
Polly Risbridger, Former Artistic Director & Chief Executive, East London Dance

East London Dance is a charity, and we’re fortunate to be funded as part of the National Portfolio of Arts Council England – that’s a real mark of recognition. But we have to raise over half of our £500,000 turnover each year to achieve our full impact. We need your help to give even more people access to the benefits of dance.

“Your donation means more young people than ever discovering their creativity, more older people breaking down the barriers of poor health and social isolation, more audiences being inspired, and more young artists being empowered through our expanding training and leadership programmes.”
Moira Sinclair, Chair of East London Dance and Chief Executive of Paul Hamlyn Foundation

“From my first encounter with East London Dance’s young artists, I was hooked. Not only were they impressive and determined in their drive to make work, but they were incredibly inspiring as role models. Not just for other young people, but for artists at all stages of their careers, including myself.”
Hofesh Shechter, Choreographer

By joining our Supporters Circle, you’ll help us reach even more people. You can contribute in three ways:

Become a Friend

For just £3 a month, or a one-off payment of at least £36 a year, you’ll be officially welcomed as our Friend. On the inside of our Supporters Circle, you’ll receive special newsletters to keep you up to date with what we are doing and the impact your donation is making. You’ll even get a specially-designed East London Dance tote bag!

Benefits of being a Friend (Minimum of £36 per year)

  • Easy donation by direct debit or by card
  • Regular behind-the-scenes e-updates
  • Exclusive, branded tote bag

Join us as a Friend today

Remember, your donation will be boosted by 25% through Gift Aid1 if you complete these details when donating.

Become a Patron

Would you like to follow a named artist as they develop their career? Have special access to rehearsals and performances, or attend special gatherings and talks? Together we can devise your own bespoke relationship with East London Dance, to fit your particular passion. With three levels starting from £12.50 per month, we would be honoured to welcome you as a Patron.

Patron: Bronze Level Benefits (Minimum of £150 per year)

  • All the benefits of a Friend membership, plus…
  • Invitation for two to a Patrons reception at one of our events
  • Acknowledgement of your generosity and support on our website

Patron: Silver Level Benefits (Minimum of £350 per year)

  • All the benefits of a Bronze Patron, plus…
  • Access to rehearsals, workshops or sharings
  • A personal ticket booking line through our staff team
  • Acknowledgement of your generosity and support in our annual review

Patron: Gold Level Benefits: (£1,000+ per year)

  • All the benefits of a Silver Patron, plus…
  • Acknowledgement of your support in our event programmes
  • Creation of a bespoke, behind-the-scenes relationship between you and our work to fit your particular passion, such as meeting the artists your funding supports

Join us as a Patron today

Remember, your donation will be boosted by 25% through Gift Aid1 if you complete these details when donating.

To discuss a major gift or for more information, contact Ben Cooper-Melchiors at

“From the professional dancers to the kids of East London to the older generation of dancers – all were equally amazing and inspirational. So special to feel the spirit of London and be a proper community”
Audience member

“It physically pushed me out of my comfort zone… The warmth and love I have received has been the best part and has had a profound impact on me, not just as a performer – but simply as a human being.”
International artistic exchange participant

Provide a one-off donation

If you prefer to provide a one-off donation, you can do so directly through our Just Giving portal.


Corporate Partnerships

Corporate Partnerships & Sponsorships

Align your brand with our values, artists and programmes. If you are interested in sponsoring East London Dance and our work, or have an idea and want to work with us on it, please get in touch with us at

Are you aware our services are available for hire? Visit here to find out more.


Useful Information

1Gift Aid

Donations are eligible for Gift Aid, which is a tax incentive that boosts your generous support by 25%. By donating online through the CAF Donate links above, 25p will be added to every £1 donated. We are incredibly grateful for both the donations and the Gift Aid we receive.

CAF Donate

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) supports fundraising in the charity sector. CAF Donate helps us process donations, direct debits and Gift Aid with almost no cost to the charity. Our charity also uses CAF Bank, which specialises in non-profit organisations, is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is an affiliate of HSBC. Your payment and details will be processed securely, and no data will be shared with external parties.

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Support Us When Shopping Online

You can also support East London Dance without spending an extra penny. Give as You Live is an online tool that works with thousands of online retailers inviting them to donate a percentage commission of every purchase you make to your chosen charity. This commission is included in the price you pay so there is no extra cost to you!

It takes seconds to sign up and install – register and then select East London Dance as your charity. You can then continue with your normal online shopping whilst raising money for East London Dance.