Derby-based regional dance house Déda has secured funding from Arts Council England (ACE) under its National Portfolio Organisation programme.
Déda, in Chapel Street, will receive £238,374 a year for the next three years from March 2015 – a total of £715,122.
Déda Director Stephen Munn said today: "We at Déda are delighted that our application to Arts Council England to remain as one of the National Portfolio organisations has been successful.
"Déda is the dedicated Dance House of the East Midlands and we are proud of our on-going partnership with Arts Council.
"We look forward to continuing to develop our programme, engaging a diverse audience through performance, participation and producing. Déda enriches people's lives through dance and the arts, and today's decision will help us to carry on fulfilling that vision."
The news coincides with the start of construction on the £412,000 redevelopment programme at Déda.
Bailey Construction (Derby) Ltd is the main contractor for the work to convert the squash courts at the neighbouring Queen's Leisure Centre into a new dance and production studio, conference and meeting rooms and atrium at the venue. The project will also see new seating and flooring installed in the existing Theatre.
Work is due to be completed this summer in time for the launch of a new BA Hons Dance degree in partnership with the University of Derby this September.
The project has been funded by a £282,000 Arts Council grant with the remainder coming from Déda cash reserves, charitable trusts and foundations and with support from the University of Derby.
Déda Director Stephen Munn explained: "The additional resource will give us the capacity to launch a University of Derby BA Dance degree at the venue – attracting talented young dancers and providing them with valuable work experience. It will also enable us to expand our class and youth development programmes and to develop our corporate hire facilities."
Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; email@example.com
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.
About Arts Council England
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