Merseyside Dance Initiative

Move on Up ...inspiring Merseyside through dance..

A community arts project aiming to use dance to reduce health inequalities in Merseyside. The project will provide diverse dance and movement opportunities across the region and improve participants physical fitness and mental wellbeing whilst engaging more people in community activity.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1040463)

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  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Merseyside experiences some of the worst health inequalities in the UK. There is also a lack of access to cultural activity in many wards. This programme aims to support the reduction of these inequalities by providing transformative cultural, creative and participatory experiences for harder to reach individuals and communities across Merseyside.


What this project aims to achieve is a widening of opportunity for disadvantaged groups across Merseyside to develop new pathways to dance. As an activity this will enable people to develop regular participation in physical activity, and increase their overall levels of well being and mental health. MDI will set up a three year research project to monitor the impact that regular physical activity has on a variety of groups in terms of their health and wellbeing.