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.

All Dance

All Dance was originally part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in Derbyshire in 2012, inviting disabled people to learn to dance, and it was launched to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London. Sixteen dance artists worked with disabled people from groups across Derbyshire creating dance pieces in just eight weeks. These dances were performed at Derbyshire’s first county-wide disability dance platform, a Day of Dance on November 2012 at the Donut Creative Arts Studios (DCAS) in Chesterfield.

Derbyshire County Council continued this work as part of the Made in Derbyshire 2015 programme, which celebrated the people, places and products of Derbyshire. Eight different groups performed at two celebration performance events, one in the north of the county at Cliff College, Calver and one in the south at Friesland School, Sandiacre. Over 100 people participated, 87 with a disability, ranging from learning disabilities to Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. The Council used this as a pilot project, providing evidence that helped secure funding from Arts Council England for the current two year dance project. 

In the autumn of 2017, eight Lead Dance Artists and four Support Dance Artists worked in each of the eight Derbyshire Boroughs or Districts with one community group from each, on a dance piece uniquely created by their group. They successfully created a piece and performed at one of the two dedicated All Dance events which took place at Déda and at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield. Following these performances the artists have continued to work with their group throughout spring of 2018.

All Dance Aims

This is Derby

We're proud to be part of an exciting and innovative collaboration of arts, sports and culture providing young people with the opportunity to develop essential life skills, engage with their community and celebrate their talents and achievements. 

Find out more about #ThisIsDerby 

Arts and Health

Creative Living
Dementia and Wellbeing
Postural Stability Instruction (PSI)
Plus One

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

Previous Projects

Dancing in Museums
Locally Based Partnership Programme
Big Dance
Games Time