BBC grants for West Midlands dance groups

bbc performing arts fund

Three organisations from the West Midlands received grants fromThe BBC Performing Arts Fund. Central Youth Theatre, Fanga Drum n Dance, and Rainbow Sunshine Company all received grants of up to 5,000.

Overall, the fundhas awarded over 172,000 to dance groups across the UK through its Community Dance scheme.Grants of up to 5,000 have been awarded to 41 not-for-profit groups in order for them to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profile in their communities.

The scheme also encourages groups to take on more challenging projects through commissions and working collaboratively with other local organisations as well as professional artists.The successful groups were able to demonstrate that their projects were challenging and ambitious yet achievable, that their project would develop the group and its members, and that the group would collaborate with and have an impact on the wider community.

Heres what the three organisations from the West Midlands received grants for:

Central Youth Theatre(3,800)
Multi-generational project introducing members to forms of social dance
carried out in Wolverhampton across the years including 1920s Ragtime,
Northern Soul, and Ballroom
Creating a touring performance work that the young people will take into old
peoples homes and community venues

Fanga Drum n Dance(3,000)
African dance and drumming group
To develop the groups dance skills, raise their aspirations and possibly
progress onto college courses to gain formal qualifications
Working with Dudley Age UK, libraries and schools

Rainbow Sunshine Company(5,000)
Group with a range of disabilities who would like to work with Wolfgang
Stange, Artistic Director of Amici Dance Theatre company
Create a new piece for the group to perform at Bedworth Civic Hall
Will work with local dancers and train up volunteers

For more information, you can see thecomplete list of community dance organisationsthat were awarded grants.