Déda Appoints New Chair to its Board

geoff_sweeney.jpgGeoff Sweeney, Development Director at the Birmingham Royal Ballet in charge of fundraising, has joined the Board of Trustees of Derby-based regional dance house Déda as Chair.

Mr Sweeney, who lives in Derby, was previously Development Director of the former Derby Playhouse.

He takes over the Chair of Déda in Chapel Street from Michaela Butter MBE who is Director of Embrace Arts in Leicester.

Mr Sweeney said: "I have been involved with Déda for many years both professionally during my time at Derby Playhouse and as a customer with my two children attending ballet and contemporary dance classes at the venue.

"I have therefore had the opportunity to see the organisation at work on different levels and have always been very impressed with the positive impact that they make to the local community and with the artistic quality of their work.

"Déda makes a vital contribution both to the cultural well-being of the city and county and to local communities through its inclusive work with children and adults alike.

"I am therefore delighted to be joining at this exciting time and to be working with the strong leadership team to take the organisation to the next level."

Déda Director Stephen Munn added: "As a charity, Déda benefits greatly from the strategic input of professional people who support us with their time and expertise in a voluntary unpaid capacity.

"We are extremely grateful both to Michaela Butter who has chaired the Board for four years and now to Geoff who will bring a specialist skill set to the organisation.

"These are exciting times for Déda. Phase one of a £500,000 expansion project was successfully completed in September 2014 - creating new facilities in order to generate new business.

"We have broadened our dance-focussed remit to include physical theatre and circus in order to develop our customer base.

"And a partnership with the University Of Derby has seen the creation of a BA (Hons) Dance Degree which will generate additional income in a climate of ever-reducing public funds.

"In this increasingly challenging economic climate for the Arts, we are confident that the vision and experience that Geoff has in the industry will greatly enhance our work as a regional leader in dance-focused arts."

For more information about the Déda class programme and performances at the dance house, please visit www.deda.uk.com or telephone 01332 370911.


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Note to Editors

Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

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