Overview of what the National Portfolio Announcements mean for Dance from Dance UK

Today, 1 July, Arts Council England announced details of its investment plans for the next three years including its new national portfolio of arts organisations. The new National Portfolio includes 670 arts organisations, of which 46 arts organisations join the portfolio and 58 leave. Key points for dance include:

  • The National Portfolio investment for dance has increased by 9.4%, which is significant leap, taking dance’s proportion of the total portfolio funding from 11% to 12%. This is despite the fact that NPO investment has significantly decreased since 2012, (ie. there was £350 million invested in the NPO portfolio in 2010, and in 2015 there will be 270 million invested in the NPO portfolio).

  • From our calculations at Dance UK, there are 56 dance specific companies and organisations included in the National Portfolio, (that excludes the Royal Ballet which is included in the Royal Opera House grant and other cross art form organisations). We have totted-up that dance has received a total of £117,400,337 in NPO funds for 2015-2018.

There have been funding uplifts for Company Chameleon, 2faced dance, Motionhouse, Taviziva, Ballet Boyz, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Sonia Sabri Dance Company, DanceXchange, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Akram Khan Company, Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Anthony Missen, Artistic Director of Company Chameleon says:

“We are absolutely delighted that Arts Council England has decided to continue supporting Company Chameleon Dance Theatre. This allows us to move forward with some very exciting new projects and is fantastic news not just for our organisation but also for Manchester and the wider community of practitioners within the region.”

  • New dance NPOs who join the portfolio include Wired Aerial, Marc Bruce Dance Company, Dance United Yorkshire and Matthew Bourne New Adventures & Re:Bourne.

  • There have been a number of tough funding decisions for several dance organisations including Dance UK members from around the country. As today is so close to the news, Dance UK knows from painful experience it will take a few weeks for them to be able to respond to what these funding decisions mean for their programmes. We will keep you updated as member companies announce their responses.

  • Arts Council England also published its overarching strategies for each of the artforms today. In the narrative “Investment in dance 2015 – 2018”, ACE says:


“We are encouraged by the way in which the Dance UK Consortium is building a joined-up approach to dance membership organisations with its partners Youth Dance England, Association of Dance of the African Diaspora and National Dance Teachers Association. This will be of interest to the wider arts sector, and we are in discussion with Dance UK about commissioning a programme of activity over three years to test the viability of this consortium model”.


Read the full narrative for each artform including dance here: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/our-investment-2015-18/national-portfolio/explore-portfolio-depth/

  • Arts Council England also published a review of its opera and ballet investment. After the last investment round in 2012, the Arts Council identified the need for an analysis of its funding for large-scale opera and ballet companies. ACE knew companies had been under considerable financial stress in recent years, partly because of ever-increasing pressures on public funding and also as a result of their fixed business models. This analysis involved the seven large-scale lyric companies (the Royal Opera House (ROH), English National Opera (ENO), Welsh National Opera (WNO), Opera North (ON), English National Ballet (ENB), Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and Northern Ballet (NB).

Read the full Opera and Ballet review here: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/our-investment-2015-18/national-portfolio/opera-and-ballet-statement/

Full list of successful NPO Dance UK member organisations: 1 July 2014 (2015-2018 investment period)

Akademi South Asian Dance UK

Akram Khan Company

Ballet Lorent Ltd

Balletboyz Ltd

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Candoco Dance Company

Cheshire Dance

Company Chameleon

Contemporary Dance Trust

Dance 4 Limited

Dance City

Dance Consortium Limited

Dance Manchester Ltd

Dance Umbrella Ltd


DV8 Physical Theatre

East London Dance

English National Ballet

Foundation for Community Dance

Greenwich Dance Agency

Hofesh Shechter Company

Merseyside Dance Initiative

Michael Clark Company


Pavilion Dance South West Ltd

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Rambert Dance Company

Re:Bourne Ltd

RJC Productions Ltd

Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company

Siobhan Davies Dance Company

Sonia Sabri Company

South East Dance

Stopgap Dance Company

Swindon Dance

Tavaziva Dance Company

The DanceXchange Limited

Tilted Productions

Vincent Dance Theatre

Wayne McGregor | Random Dance

Yorkshire Dance

Clod Ensemble

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Royal Opera House (The Royal Ballet)

The Lowry Centre Limited

The Point

Southbank Centre

Northern Ballet

Protein Dance

2Faced Dance Company Limited

Ludus Dance

Other successful dance organisations in the 2015-2018 NPO

Balbir Singh Dance Company

Black Bird/Red Rose Productions: Mark Bruce Company

Blackpool Grand Theatre


State Of Emergency Productions

Tin Arts Ltd


Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company

Dance United Yorkshire


Wired Aerial Theatre

Total NPO money given to dance for 2015-2018: £117,400,337