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Déda launches an awesome Autumn programme for 2015

Déda is excited to announce an action-packed autumn season full of exhilarating performances from professional companies alongside a dynamic class programme to get you and your whole family dancing through the winter months.

After a fantastic social dance class review, we are happy to launch our new programme of Tango on a Monday, Ballroom and Latin on a Tuesday and Rock’n’Roll with a twist of swing for your midweek motivation on a Wednesday! Just in time for Strictly!

Our popular aerial and acrobatics classes return for another successful season utilising our brand new facilities and circus equipment, along with fun Creative Dance courses and drop-in technique classes in Hip Hop and Ballet styles for ages 4+. Fitness fanatics will love our weekly adult Zumba class; enjoying summer vibes with Soleil Webster the whole year through and our Body, Mind and Soul programme including Pilates and Yoga will ensure you stay relaxed, balanced and well through what can be a hectic time of year!

We welcome new tutors to our programme this year – aerial artist and circus performer Ria Ashcroft, tribal belly dancer Charlotte Kingsbury, experienced social dance teacher Heather Clements and Artistic Director of Shifting Sands Theatre Company, Gerry Flanagan who launches his Physical Theatre courses on Thursday 17 September.

Derby Festé returns to the streets of the city on 25-26 September and Déda has been working in partnership with Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD to present a fantastic outdoor spectacular with live performances, music, dance, film with breath taking headline act Les Commandos Percu (last seen at Festé 2010). Visit for full details as the full programme is announced.

In the Déda Theatre, we’re proud to present a whirlwind of dance and contemporary circus with Bharatanatyam performer Seeta Patel’s ‘Something Then, Something Now’getting the Autumn season off to a stunning start on Thursday 1 October with classical dance and live music.


Other highlights include ACE Dance and Music’s double bill ‘Mana – The Power Within’ on Thursday 15 October, combining Afro-fusion with elements of flamenco and ballet – featuring choreography from Vincent Mantsoe and former Déda Artist José Agudo, Company Chameleon ‘Beauty Of The Beast’ on Thursday 5 November – a funny and moving look at the many faces of man from an exceptional all male cast. Marvel at Circus Mayhem on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November – an incredible triple-bill of contemporary circus, puppetry, music and comedy; the perfect weekend treat for audiences aged 7+.

For younger audiences, don’t miss BLEU!, a sumptuous odyssey of digital projection and dance presented by Compagnia TPO at Derby Theatre on Monday 26 October as part of BBC Get Creative’s Family Arts Festival. Join us for Bleu! themed storytelling at Déda on Saturday 17 October to really get you in the maritime mood.

Slip into something sparkly for Derby’s cheekiest night out with La Dé Da Cabaret, hosted by racy redhead Scarlett Daggers on Saturday 25 October, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December. Check out our VIP packages and Christmas offers for a festive treat with all the trimmings!

Take advantage of our delicious seasonal menu in the CUBE café|bar this autumn and enjoy our inspiring exhibition from curator David Manley, around the building from 3 September. With our jam-packed Jazz programme, presented by Derby Jazz each month and our programme of regular free social events including Swap Shop for Tots and Performance Poets night – there’s something for everyone!


Associate producer Phil Hargreaves adds “I am really looking forward to welcoming such outstanding international talent to Déda as part the autumn 2015 season. The programme hosts a really dynamic and diverse range of dance, music and circus reflecting the landscape of Derby and Derbyshire, with one unique link keeping us all connected - movement. I think this is a great season and can’t wait for our audiences, new & regular, to experience it."

For information on these events and much more - copies of Déda’s Autumn 2015 brochure are available from the Déda Box Office in person or by calling 01332 370911. Tickets for all events and classes can be paid for by cash, cheque, credit or debit card or online.


Notes to Editors:

For images, interview requests, press tickets and press enquiries, please contact:

Heather Gunn, Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator

T: 01332 370911

Listings Information

Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU

Box Office: 01332 370911



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, three 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.


About Arts Council England

The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.