News: New dance space for Brighton is a step closer...

Friday 19 June 2015 by Clare Evans

Visualisation of The Dance Space at Circus Street Brighton. 
Photo: © Shedkm

The University of Brighton has agreed to a £100,000 partnership with South East Dance to support the development of a new £3.78m dance centre in heart of the city.

The state-of-the-art “Dance Space” with its three studios, artist accommodation and work space for creative industries, will be a new home for dance in Brighton & Hove. It is part of the wider development of Circus Street which is expected to inject £200m into the economy and create 400 jobs.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, Professor Julian Crampton, said the new partnership with South East Dance confirmed their commitment to bring together academic research, training and professional practice in a creative environment. “Working with South East Dance provides an unprecedented opportunity for our students to engage with the professional dance sector across a range of disciplines from performance to music to fine art, as well as building on the university’s successful Dance Education provision at our Eastbourne campus”, Crampton said.

The Dance Space, which is expected to attract 75,000 visitors per year, will open onto a public square with small, independent restaurants and shops, which will enhance the local neighbourhood and create a vibrant new public space for the whole city to enjoy.

This new partnership will see South East Dance provide the university with a variety of spaces for research, performance and community activities over a three year period from 2018.

South East Dance has now raised over 83 per cent of the funds for The Dance Space and needs to raise a further £500,000 by the end of November so building can start on site. With this in mind South East Dance has launched SPACE TO DANCE, a campaign to help raise the remaining funds needed to make the Dance Space happen.

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so at www.southeastdance.org.uk

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