A development initiative for South Asian Dance in the North West

Links to dance organisation web sites

Kadam - Asian Dance and Music Ltd

Kadam is a lively and thriving agency that sustains promotes and develops South Asian dance in Bedfordshire, the eastern region of the UK and beyond through a series of high quality programmes. The company offers dance training, workshops and residencies, promotes performances, creates resources in partnership with local and national agencies. Kadam is the publisher of the premier dance magazine Pulse, which has an international readership.

Akademi - The Academy of Indian Dance

The major UK centre for Indian dance activities. Their address is Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, LONDON NW3 4QPTel 020 7691 3210, and e-mail admin@akademi.co.uk

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan - Institute of Indian Culture

The London-based premier institute for Indian Art and Culture outside the Sub-Continent.


Sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian Arts based in Birmingham. It plays a significant role regionally, nationally and beyond, in promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse art forms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Through its work sampad serves, supports and initiates South Asian Arts in all its forms working with youth, community, education and professional artists.

Surdhwani - Classical Indian Dance and Music for all

Indian Classical Music is one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions. Surdhwani, based in the West Midlands of the UK, provide events featuring the finest Indian Classical musicians and dancers from around the world.


CICD (the Centre for Indian Classical Dance, based in Leicester) is dedicated to continuing and expanding this project into the future. Bringing us into the digital age, this website will enable us to publicise our work quickly, efficiently and to the widest audience possible. We hope you will see fit to support what we are trying to achieve.

Joy Foxley

Joy Foxley is a free-lance provider of Indian storytelling and dance for schools and community groups. She is based in Nottingham, and also teaches British dance and song traditions.

Creative Dance Limited

Creative Dance Limited was established in January 2000 under the guidance and supervision of Ms Sangeeta Ghosh who is a professional dancer of Uday Shankar's Creative Dance Style has been successful in establishing this company whose prime aim is in promoting Indian Contemporary Dance derived from Uday Shankar's technique of Creative Dance.

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is a professional company of dance artists that creates, performs, teaches, and engages people in making art. It is based in Maryland, USA.

Creative and Contemporary Indian Dance

Dances in the creative style of Uday Shankar. Founded in 1989, the Srijan India Dance Company is based in the USA and has chapters in Boston, MA and Troy, MI.

Merseyside Dance Initiative - MDI

As a partner of Dance Northwest, a recognised National Dance Agency, Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) is an agency working to develop dance throughout Merseyside. MDI works with artists, promoters, venues, educational institutes and other dance related agencies and organisations, to create, deliver, accommodate and support dance.

Dance Northwest

This is the regional dance agency in the north-west.

BAA - Black Arts Alliance

In 2005 Black Arts Alliance will be 20 years old! The longest surviving network of Black artists representing the arts and culture drawn from ancestral heritages of South Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean and, in more recent times, due to global conflict, our newly arrived compatriots known collectively as refugees. BAA is based in Manchester.

Foundation for Community Dance

The Foundation for Community Dance is the national development agency for community dance in the UK. It works for the development of community dance, and for greater access to high quality community dance for all. It is based in Leicester.

deibel live

decibel live is an Arts Council England, East Midlands initiative, co-ordinated by ArtReach, and designed to provide more opportunities and a high profile platform for culturally diverse arts practitioners, organisations and artists in the region, especially those from African, Asian and Caribbean communities.

Diversity Dance

Diversity Dance is a touring Performing Arts and Education Company with a commitment to Classical Indian Dance and Music and a passion for multi-disciplinary collaborations.


MOKSHA is an organisation based in Manchester promoting Bengali music, classical music and dance of India. Director Smt. Ballari Banerjee a Rabindrasangeet, a vocalist herself, hopes to attract wider audiences to a diverse range of music and dance from India. Co-director of this organisation is Rishi Banerjee. Rishi learned Rabindrasangeet under the influence of his mother Smt Ballari Banerjee.

Liverpool Community Spirit

Liverpool Community Spirit (LCS) is an independent partnership of diverse faith and cultural communities inspired and steered by people rooted in the local community.


Arts 4 Dementia believes that people with dementia, like the rest of us, have the right to enjoy life to the full. Engagement with arts brings benefits both for those with dementia and to their loved ones through sharing such experiences. Arts 4 Dementia is a new charity helping to develop and co-ordinate high-quality intergenerational arts opportunities for people living with dementia in the community, stimulating brain activity and bringing inspirational relief from anxiety and confusion, for them, their families and carers.


Upasana is a celebration of South Asian art and culture, bringing the very best to the British audience emphasising that tradition is not passé.“Within 5 months, Upasana has performed 4 times and conducted more than 20 workshops at The Lowry. In a year’s time through 50 performances and workshops, Upasana has addressed an audience of more than 3000 people.”

General dance information

A link to some general dance information is here.

Information from Rebecca Moore

A link to some generally useful information is here.

Links to artist e-mails

Levi Tafari - poet

Levi Tafari is a crucial, rhythmic, poetic, consciousness raiser and urban griot from Liverpool. As a writer and performer Levi has worked locally, nationally and internationally. Levi's latest collection of poetry "Rhyme don't Pay" has just been published by Headland Publications. As a playwright Levi's plays have been performed at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool the Liverpool Playhouse and the Blackheath Theatre in Stafford. Levi works with many artists from different art forms and various mediums, such as TV, Radio, Theatre, Clubs, Stage, Community Centres and Art Centres, etc. For more details see Levi's web site.

Arun Ghosh - musician

Manchester-based composer and musician, Arun Ghosh, grew up in Bolton and started playing the clarinet at school. Arun regularly performs, both locally and nationally, with his own bands and others, including stints with Speakeasy, Nashini and samba band, Blocofever. He has appeared extensively at venues such as the Lowry, Green Room, Night & Day, Band on The Wall, Zion Centre and performed as part of the London Jazz Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002. For more details see Arun's web site.

Noelle Williamson - artist

Examples of Noelle Williamson's wonderful paintings of dancers appear in our picture gallery.

Ali Harwood - visual artist

Ali Harwood is a visual artist specialising in dance collaborations.

Dan Saul - visual artist

Dan Saul was film maker on the Ripples project.

Simon Richardson - photographer

Simon is a professional photographer for dancers, performers and models. See Simon's web site for more details.

Kali Dass - dancer

Eimear Kavanagh - visual artist

Lucy Bannan -

Manushi - dance group

Manushi is a Nottingham-based group developing new work based on Kathak and Indian creative dance.

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