Housed within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex, DanceXchange has some of the best dance facilities in the UK, with three studios and The Patrick Centre, a 206-seat studio theatre which was the first dedicated dance space outside London and remains one of the most important spaces for dance performance and production in the country.
DanceXchange takes the best British dance to a worldwide stage and brings outstanding artists from across the world to Birmingham.
DanceXchange Performance Season
We programme outstanding artists from across the world, who perform in our 206-seat studio theatre, The Patrick Centre, which was the first dedicated dance space outside London and remains one of the most important spaces for dance performance and production in the country. Read about our current performance season here
We nurture the best young dance talent, and work with communities, hard-to-reach groups and schools. We train and inspire the region’s dance talent through education and professional development, to help shape the dance artists, performers and leaders of the future.
The DanceXchange Class Programme
DanceXchange runs an open recreational Class Programme of around 45 dance classes each week for people of all ages, from beginner to professional, in a diverse range of styles, from Contemporary, to Capoeira, to Street Dance.
Centre for Advanced Training
DanceXchange runs the Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance, in partnership with sampad South Asian Arts, funded by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme, aimed at young people with exceptional talent and potential in South Asian or Contemporary dance.
DanceXchange is leading, in partnership with Dance4 in the East Midlands, on the development of Discover Dance, a new strategic education model, which will embed dance in schools as an art form and as a tool for enhancing learning and critical thinking across the curriculum. This innovative project is the first of its kind and has the potential to improve academic attainment and influence the way education is delivered in schools.
DanceXchange is managing the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad for dance in the West Midlands, with a new go-to site for dance in the region intended to bring together the sector, stimulate new projects and reach a wider audience.
DanceXchange produces innovative site-specific commissions and large-scale performance events in both professional and community contexts, co-produces a range of touring productions, and runs its own small-scale touring dance company, Bare Bones. We produce exciting new dance works and bring them to new audiences, through International Dance Festival Birmingham, and through our Production and Touring Hub.
Production and Touring Hub initiative (PATH)
DanceXchange is leading on a ground-breaking 3-year project in partnership with dance houses and venues across England, to develop and support the production and distribution of the best quality contemporary dance work and bring it to the widest possible audience. This is a pioneering new production and touring model that will be the first major strategic intervention in small-scale dance touring, building touring networks and skilling up venues to programme and market dance. There will be significant investment in marketing and audience development, in order to grow audiences for dance and reach a wider demographic in right across the country, particularly in cultural cold-spots