About

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

One of the UK’s most influential dance organisations, Independent Dance has been led by artists since 1984. With learning and collaboration at its heart, our programme runs throughout the year, offering classes, labs, research, small festivals, events and an MA/MFA.

ID is supported through an ACE-funded consortium with lead partner Siobhan Davies Studios (SDS), and is based in their building in London.

Our aim at all times is to be future-thinking, inclusive, anti-racist and environmentally responsible, agitating for positive change and justice within ID, the arts and society at large.

Our public programme includes classes, labs, research initiatives, talks and small-scale festivals. We offer paid work to 100+ artists a year and collaborate with them and with partner organisations transnationally to facilitate critically-engaged activity for artists, participants and audiences.

ID also forms a bridge between professional and academic spheres, co-delivering MA/MFA Creative Practice : Dance Professional with Trinity Laban and SDS and running a range of initiatives connected to higher education.

As such, ID is a thinktank and a research hub for meeting and learning that spans generations. It is considered a ‘home’ organisation and reference point by a wide community across the world.

I am increasingly excited by the contribution dancers do and could make within our various communities, not only as performers, but as harbourers of an embodied knowledge, traders in mindful motion – facilitating experiences rather than delivering consumable goods .

– Mind is as In Motion by Gill Clarke(2011)