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Community Dance winners announced!

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Francesca Tortora | 12:40 UK time, Friday, 21 October 2011

We at the BBC Performing Arts Fund are delighted to announce the winners of our Community Dance scheme!

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Photograph: Savinien Zuri Thomas

Through the scheme over £172,000 has been awarded to 41 not-for-profit organisations across the UK that demonstrated an ambition to develop their skills and to run projects that would have a positive impact on their wider communities.

The scheme will give the winning groups the chance to raise their profile, attract new audiences, and perhaps most excitingly, take on more challenging projects and work collaboratively with other organisations and professional artists.

Miriam O’Keeffe, project manager of the Performing Arts Fund, said:

“It’s very encouraging to see such a diverse range of dance activity going on around the country and we are proud to be supporting those activities. 2012 should prove to be a very exciting year as the winning projects develop.”

And here’s what some of the winning groups had to say:

“This grant will help fuse diverse artistic cultures to create a new and exciting piece of work that will bring different communities together.”
Al Zaytouna

“We’re excited that working with a professional choreographer [will allow us to] share ideas and perform with people from other parts of… England.”
Brighton Youth Dance

“The funds will allow for new opportunities to learn from professional dance companies… and for young people to take part in shaping their very own piece, working at a professional level.”
Salmon Youth Centre

To see the full press release please visit the BBC Press Office website and you can download a list of all the winners there.

From all of us here at PAF HQ, we wish our Community Dance winners the very best of luck with their projects over the coming year!


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