Our dance development programme at Take Art provides high quality dance performance and participation opportunities in Somerset alongside our other specialisms. We are the strategic lead for dance in Somerset and represent the county at both a regional and national level.

We provide a key role in helping to shape, resource and sustain the county’s dance sector offering artistic and business support to professional dance artists and companies as well as providing opportunities for networking, professional development, training and mentoring.

Since 2003 Take Art Dance has worked in partnership and collaborated with many partners regionally and nationally to deliver high quality dance projects and opportunities that benefit artists, companies, practitioners, children and young people, students, teachers, audiences and venues.

Our participatory projects, festivals, workshops and platform events provide opportunities for dancers of all ages and abilities to be part of an evolving County dance community.

Dance Projects

  • ProjectOur Turn

    Our Turn is a two-year arts intervention using dance and movement to help the health and happiness of vulnerable adults living with dementia or memory loss, and their carers.

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  • ProjectSpring Forward Dance Festival

    Spring Forward is an annual dance festival offering unrivalled opportunities for Somerset and South West dancers to perform on a professional stage, participate in workshops and watch world-class dance performances. February 2005 – Present

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  • ProjectRural Touring Dance Initiative

    The Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) brings exciting and innovative dance theatre and dance performance to rural locations, using the established rural touring schemes to help make this happen successfully. 2015 - present.

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  • ProjectLittle Big Dance

    Little Big Dance is a major three-year national initiative created by South East Dance in partnership with Take Art, DanceEast and Yorkshire Dance, with more than £371,000 investment from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.

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  • ProjectJump Start

    This high energy, physical adventure for boys consisted of regular dance workshops, along with performance opportunities. October 2015 - July 2019

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  • ProjectDance To Health

    Based at Dunkirk House in Bishops Lydeard, this project was part of the national project Dance To Health; a pioneering ‘falls prevention’ dance programme for older people.

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  • Meet the Dance Team

    Alison Lord is Take Art's Director of Dance 

    She is available to speak to on 01460 249450 or by email

    Nadine Griffiths is Take Art's Dance Coordinator

    She is available to speak to on 01460 249450 or by email

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