Projects and Participation

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

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.

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.


A limited number of tickets for certain show are available at a discounted rate to Arts Award students. Please contact us for more info.

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.