Charlie Ashwell (teaching artist with ID) in Banishing Dance at the Wellcome Collection (2018)

Independent Dance (ID) supports the development of dance through radical enquiry, learning, community-building and audience engagement.

Based at Siobhan Davies Studios in London, ID is a research engine and ‘home’ organisation for a growing community of practitioners in the UK and around the world. It has been artist and female-led since 1984.

Our public programme supports a wide range of accessible and interdisciplinary approaches to dance, somatics, improvisation and choreography. Co-designed with UK/ international artists and partner organisations, this far-reaching programme includes classes, talks, workshops, research, digital initiatives and festivals.

ID also bridges higher education and professional spheres, leading on MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional in partnership with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios.

Our aim is to generate a diverse and dynamic ‘community of practice’ which is not limited to one place or location and to agitate for positive change and justice within ID, the arts and society.

Funders and partners in 2021/22
Arts Council England
The Leverhulme Trust
Sadler’s Wells
Perform Europe
Fest En Fest
Center for Performance Research, New York
Dance North
Trinity Laban
University of Roehampton
University of Middlesex
Dance HE
Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal
Centre for Performance Philosophy, University of Surrey
Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University
Siobhan Davies Studios