International contemporary dance artist Jorge Crecis is our current Associate Artist
Acrobalance and hand-to-hand artists Nikki and JD are our Resident Artists through the Lab:time² programme through the National Centre for Circus Arts.
In 2007 it was recognised that there was a lack of dance practitioners living and working within the East Midlands. Dancers, choreographers and teachers were relocating to London and beyond in order to find work and access a support system of regular classes and a critical mass of like-minded professionals. In order to address this, Déda applied for Grants for the Arts to introduce levels of support for artists wishing to stay in the region.
Déda launched its Artist Scheme (now known as Déda|Artists) in April 2008.
It has had a significant impact both within Derby City and Derbyshire and beyond, with artists taking part in the scheme going on to tour co-produced work regionally and nationally.