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Theatre complex houses new centre
Birmingham has opened a new Dance Hub which will foster and promote dance across the region. Housed in a new top floor within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex, the purpose-built studio and its offices sits alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange and One Dance UK, ensuring a creative centre for dance in the heart of the city.
Officially opened on November 12, the centre will provide a hub for a network of dance organisations and individuals to build and develop their skills and outreach.
Dance Hub Birmingham
Dr Polly Hudson, of Birmingham City University, on behalf of Dance Hub Birmingham partners, said: "Dance Hub Birmingham exists to raise the profile of dance as a vital art form for the city and region, highlighting Birmingham as a vibrant international city for dance and supporting the sector to ensure its sustainability. At this exciting time for dance in Birmingham we are delighted to be able to welcome people into the beautiful new studio facility and to share Dance Hub Birmingham's ambitions for how dance can make a significant and continuing impact in our city and beyond."
The Treasury invested £5m to support the development of a new Dance Hub in Birmingham in 2015 and, following consultation with dance practitioners and networks across the region, it was agreed to dedicate 60% of this funding to building the new centre. This was further enhanced by investment from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
Anita Bhalla, Board Director for Creative Industries at the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "It's been fantastic to support the development of the new Dance Hub Birmingham studio complex, a facility which will help enhance the region's rich dance infrastructure. Ventures like this are a perfect example of how the Local Growth Fund can support the growth and development of the cultural sector, boosting employment, skills and opportunities across the region."
Centre will promote dance across the region
Dance Hub Birmingham is a not-for-profit community interest company managed by Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange which also brings together other organisations including One Dance UK, ACE dance and music, Birmingham City University, Midlands Arts Centre, Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage and Birmingham Dance Network. For more information see www.dancehubbirmingham.org.uk