Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance – dancing for health and happiness

Yorkshire Dance runs dance sessions to improve health and happiness of over 1500 people each year, driven by the belief that dance should be accessible to everybody regardless of age, ability or household income. After multiple lockdowns, dance is needed more than ever to reconnect our community.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (701624)

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Campaign target




Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Lockdowns significantly impacted physical and mental wellbeing. Our participants reported feeling isolated and anxious. 68% of the population said arts activities improved their wellbeing during COVID, but with activities moving online many simply don’t have the technology to take part. We work in areas with low household income and internet access. Our online dance sessions met weekly during COVID, but over 60% of our regular participants struggled to join and were disproportionately isolated.


Emerging from lockdown we will increase access to dance, which improves mental and physical wellbeing, by re-engaging participants disproportionately impacted by COVID: * Launching 6 bursaries for low-income families on our Saturday youth classes. * Developing new creative performance projects, which enable participants to reconnect, express their voice and rebuild confidence. Projects are fully accessible and offer people of all ages a fun, social experience in a positive welcoming environment.

  • "For kids to be able to carry on with their life under these circumstances is very good for their wellbeing. Thank you to the team for doing the best so we can continue coming to this class."

    — Saturday Superstars Parent

  • “Performing is the highlight of being in the Street Crew… I really feel like performing on stage helps my confidence. I live and breathe dance… it has been my passion since I was 5 years old!"

    — Jaikaila Yorkshire Dance Street Crew

  • "Beige has been a wonderful experience. It's not just about dance. It's about a community of people coming together. It helped me to combat the feeling of being alone."

    — Participant on the 'Beige' performance project

  • I’ve got two left feet but coming here I don’t feel it. I knew some of the ladies, but not everybody. But then we did an exercise where we all just smiled at each other. Cause normally you can’t do eye contact with somebody you don’t know, but I found it right easy. Then everyone started to open up.

    — Participant on 'To the Beat of a Different Drum' performance project