Arts Award

Déda is an Arts Award Centre and Supporter, with several trained advisors that cover all levels of the award, from Discover and Explore to Bronze, Silver and Gold.

If you are interested in doing part or all of your Arts Award with us then contact a member of the Dance Development and Learning Team.


Projects and Participation

Our Dance Development and Learning Team work on a variety of projects, from the small scale to large scale outdoor work.

Easter Dance Intensive Call Out – Derbyshire based dancers and performers

Déda and Derby Theatre in partnership with National Dance Company Wales are offering Derbyshire based dancers and performers aged between 13-18yrs a unique and exciting opportunity this Easter.

Participants will work with NDCWales Dance Ambassador Kerryn Wise for 3 days to create an exciting performance which will be shown as a curtain raiser in the foyer area before NDCWales present their triple bill Terra Firma at Derby Theatre on Tuesday 8th May 2018.

Dancers will take part in creative workshops in contemporary dance and physical theatre to explore the themes and processes of NDCWales work. This intensive will explore creative tasks used by choreographer in residence Caroline Finn to develop choreographic material for Folk. Caroline has recently choreographed for BBC Young Dancer of the Year finalist and created Bloom with Phoenix Dance Theatre, she was a winner of the Matthew Bourne New Adventures Choreographer award in 2014. Participants will learn small sections of repertoire and then be encouraged to develop these using tasks and choreographic devices, building material to create a final 10-15mins group performance piece.

Key Dates

Initial meeting: Thursday 22nd March, 6pm-7pm at Déda, Derby.

Workshop Intensive: Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th March, 10am-4pm at Déda, Derby.

Evening Rehearsal: Monday 7th May, 6-8pm, Derby.

Performance: Tuesday 8th May 6-7.15pm, followed by watching the main show at 7.30pm at Derby Theatre, Derby.

This fantastic opportunity is FREE to Derbyshire based dancers and limited to 20 participants.

To get involved please complete the expression of interest form and email to Kerryn Wise at by Friday 2nd March 2018

Arts and Health

Dementia and Wellbeing

Déda’s Dance Development and Learning Team have been partnering with Making Space to explore how dance can be used as an aid to improving the wellbeing of those living with Dementia. Isobel Davis, our dance development and learning co-ordinator, has been leading on the pilot project:

"Over the past 3 months, I have been working on a very exciting Dementia pilot project. For this I have been delivering dance and creative movement to a pre-existing dementia group run by the organisation Making Spaces.

"The group I have been working with are a musical memories group who usually spend their time singing karaoke, competing in music quizzes, chatting and consuming plenty of tea and biscuits! I have been attending the group, luckily not as a singer, but as a dance artist. So far the group have created their own movements using scarfs and ribbons, exploring movement to sounds, instruments, and socialising through dance and movement more and more.

The evaluation forms completed after each session during the pilot scheme showed a positive impact on participants in the following key areas:

- How isolated participants felt
- How frustrated participants felt
- How relaxed participants felt
- How confident participants felt

For full evaluation information see: January Feedback - February Feedback - March Feedback

Following the success of the pilot project, we are very proud and enthusiastic to be continuing our work in this important area.

"Due to excellent response, I will be continuing to work with the group, dancing, smiling and laughing together!" Isobel Davis, Dance Development and Learning Co-ordinator.

Postural Stability Instruction (PSI)

Our Dance Development and Learning Team are delighted to have successfully secured £10,000 from Sport England's Small Grant Fund to deliver a pioneering dance project in partnership with Derby City Council’s Move More Team.

The project will explore approaches to the delivery of Postural Stability Instruction (PSI), using dance and creativity as a means to engaging and retaining participants in the programme. This project will last for a year and will see Déda’s Dance Development and Learning Team deliver three PSI programmes in three different locations across the city, followed by a maintenance programme. Our project will be evidenced by a combination of quantitative and qualitative data, which will provide a sound evidence base for Déda to develop its work in the field of Falls Prevention even further.

Plus One

Plus One, is a programme which has been designed specifically for young people who are or have been in care and is all about connecting people. That includes working with award winning writers and directors and some great local arts organisations to offer activities most people don’t get chance to do.

So, the major arts and cultural organisations in Derby have joined forces to provide exciting opportunities for young people to experience and participate in a wide range of arts activities. Everything from producing a new play for theatre, street dancing to music recording and even film making. You might enjoy the technical side of staging a performance, or the opportunity to work with a writer or poet, make a film or help produce and host arts events throughout the city and beyond!


If you are interested in commissioning us or getting involved in any of the above projects, then please feel free to contact a member of the Dance Development and Learning Team on 01332 374 682 or email.

Previous Projects

Games Time

2012 saw us work on Games Time, a large scale Cultural Olympiad Project commissioned by Legacy Trust UK and involving 480 participants and 49,000 spectators across the East Midlands region. Alongside this we worked with over 12,000 children, young people and adults through our various Dance Development and Learning programmes in a wide range of settings.

Dancing in the Museums

In 2014 we worked with Derby Museums and Choreographer Katie Green to develop choreography inspired by school visits to the collections and exhibitions in the museum on The Strand. 

Katie and her company, Made by Katie Green will then spend a week visiting local Derby City Schools, working with children aged 7 – 11 years to create their own museum-inspired dances. The project will culminate in several public professional performances of The Imagination Museum, at Derby Museum.

Locally based Partnership Programme

Déda, with partners QUAD, Derby Theatre, Sinfonia VIVA and Derby Museums have recently been given funding by The Mighty Creatives to work with Key Stage 2 pupils in the Derby City wards of Normanton and Arboretum.

The project, titled Live My Imagination focusses on developing children as participants, creators and commissioners of culture in their city. This project will run until 2015 and will enable the children taking part in it to achieve their Discover and Explore Arts Award with the aim of raising their attainment in school.

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Big Dance is an annual national programme, designed to encourage people to take part in dance activity as a participant, performer or spectator. Déda is part of the Big Dance Hub Partnership, East Midlands. 

The Big Dance Pledge is designed to be an accessible participation opportunity for all individuals and groups including schools, private dance schools, youth clubs, sports clubs and community groups.

Our work in 2012 was a great success with 27,787 engaging and 112,999 audiences experiencing the programme in the East Midlands region.