About

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.


We have been led by artists since 1984 and are based at Siobhan Davies Studios in London.

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

Our year-round public programme is learning and participation based, and includes classes, workshops, research projects, digital initiatives and festivals. This programme is influenced by a wide range of approaches to dance, somatics, improvisation and choreography and is co-designed with artists based in the UK and internationally.

We lead on MA/MFA Creative Practice : Dance Professional with Trinity Laban and Siobhan Davies Studios, and run initiatives bridging higher education, academic and professional spheres.

We facilitate critically-engaged activity through collaborating with artists, organisations, higher education institutions and others.

We foster a diverse ‘community of practice’ which is not limited to one place or location, through our programme and the ways we work with people.

We agitate for positive change and justice within ID, the arts and society.

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)