As part of the Mayor’s Cultural Infrastructure plan, the Greater London Authority has published the first ever research study of publicly bookable dance performance and rehearsal spaces across London, completed by the research team at We Made That and with Dance Umbrella. The study The Case for dance infrastructure sets out the current availability of dance spaces, trends and demand in order to help protect and grow the city’s dance facilities. The findings highlight a strong demand for more spaces to practise all styles of dance, the importance of access to affordable spaces to support all dancers in London, and the need for local authorities and developers to work together to widen access to dance spaces in the city.
Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons, said: “Dance is more popular than ever and is happening in every corner of our city – from rehearsals in school halls and community centres, to state of the art facilities and world-class performance venues. These spaces are where all Londoners have the chance to discover their creativity, keep healthy, and build relationships.
See the Mayor of London’s press release here.