Jorge Crecis

International contemporary dance artist Jorge Crecis is our current Associate Artist

Nikki and JD

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.

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  • To raise the aspirations of local artists
  • To raise the calibre of local artists by increasing opportunities
  • To encourage people to take part in dance
  • To support professional training within the region
  • To link the work of high calibre artists with Déda and the region
  • To raise the profile of Déda & the region within the UK dance community
  • To encourage artists to relocate, return or stay in the region
  • To offer various packages of support that will develop the work of associate artists
  • To offer a safe place for developing new work
  • To form a national network of small scale touring venues concerned with the development of new work, encouraging debate and support in order to move new work forward

Current Déda Artists

  • International contemporary dance artist Jorge Crecis
  • London-based dance, acrobatic and physical theatre artists Nikki & JD

Previous Déda|Artists