Welcome to DARE DANCE

An artist-led initiative championing Dance in Community, Health and Education.

DARE is an artist-led initiative based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria working in partnership with local, regional and national organisations to deliver high quality community arts projects for children, young people and families.

The company initiates, manages and delivers a wide range of arts activity from its base in South Cumbria including:

  • Community Dance programmes and events
  • Education programmes and events
  • Professional Development for Teachers and Collaborative Projects with Artists

Led by Creative Director Amanda J. Mortlock, our Associates contribute to the development of the programme with expertise in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Child Development, Art, Design and Making, Teaching, Research, Writing, Choreography and Project Management.

DARE has developed a number of strategic initiatives for local authorities working with a diverse range of children and young people. Partnerships with Health, Sport and Education have included a strategic focus on inclusion, emotional confidence building, family learning, emotional resilience, health & well-being.

Over 15 years, DARE has built a reputation for innovative, engaging work through initiatives with partners, which address the real life needs of communities and demonstrate the transformative power of the Arts.

25,000 participants, 4000 workshops 250 community performances.

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Associated Organisations & Networks
Lottery Funded
Borough of Barrow in Furness
Arts Council England
Sir John Fisher Foundation
BBC Performing Arts
Cumbria County Council
European Regional Development Fund
Cumbria Arts in Education - Creative Futures Cumbria
Barrow Community Trust
Big Lottery Fund
Sport England
Furness College
Independent Dance, London
Copeland Borough Council
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC)
Curious Minds (NPO)
Sir Francis C Scott Charitable Trust
Cumbria Growth Hub


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