MOKO Dance

MOKO Dance was a national dance partnership dedicated to opening the eyes of children and their families to the power of dance.

Led by DanceEast (Ipswich), MOKO Dance united Dance City (Newcastle), Nottingham Lakeside Arts (Nottingham), Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth), Sadler’s Wells (London), South East Dance (Brighton and Kent) and Theatre Bristol (Bristol) in their shared vision of bringing bold and innovative work to young audiences across the UK.

Working with emerging, established and internationally renowned companies and choreographers, the MOKO Dance experience was fresh, interactive and adventurous.

MOKO Dance launched in 2013 originally funded as a three-year project involving a range of both emerging and established choreographers and dance companies from around the UK and beyond who produced pieces of work for children, young people and their families, covering a variety of dance genres.

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DanceEast, Ipswich
Sadler’s Wells, London

The UK’s leading dance house, uniquely dedicated to producing, commissioning, and presenting the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding the theatre’s cutting edge programme spans dance in all its forms, from contemporary to flamenco, bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.

Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

The University of Nottingham’s public arts centre and museum curates, produces and presents an eclectic programme of visual, performing and participatory arts. Lakeside works closely with Dance4, and is a host partner of NottDance Festival. Lakeside is a nationally respected leader in the creation and delivery of theatre for children and families, and was a founding member of the East Midlands Children’s Theatre and Dance Consortium, a range of nine venues in Spalding, Lincoln, Buxton, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Corby and Northampton, with whom it will work on MOKO Dance to support ‘cold spots’.

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

The National Dance Development Organisation for the South West of England, supporting regional dance strategy development and representing the South West Dance sector nationally. It works collaboratively with partners across the South West who share a commitment to develop and sustain opportunities for people in the region to make, present, watch and participate in dance. Pavilion Dance South West launched Pavilion Dance in September 2010, a national centre of excellence for dance located behind the Pavilion Theatre and facing the gardens and the seafront in the centre of Bournemouth.

Theatre Bristol, Bristol

Theatre Bristol is a collective of producers who follow their curiosity, individually and collectively, to work for the benefit of artists to make great art. Their role is to work with artists, producers and others to cultivate the conditions for the most exciting live performance to be made and experienced in Bristol. They do this by commissioning and producing new work, offering bespoke artist support and training, running a dynamic user-generated web resource, undertaking strategic research, and developing national and international exchange opportunities.

South East Dance, Brighton & Kent

South East Dance exists to make more dance happen within and beyond the South East region. We support those who work in dance, encourage more people to participate in dance, and we enable artists to create dance. South East Dance engages inspiring artists to generate exceptional dance experiences. We develop and deliver a range of projects encouraging young people to become involved with dance. South East dance works with the Regional Dance Programmers network with whom it will collaborate on MOKO Dance.


MOKO Dance: Audience engagement and marketing

Before MOKO Dance approached its final year of operation, a document was commissioned as a legacy tool that would act as a guide to audience engagement and marketing for organisations programming work for family audiences. It was intended to act as a helpful guide to the partners during the final year of MOKO Dance touring and also as a legacy for the network beyond the final year of funding. The document offers a guide to best practice on how to reach and develop family audiences, looking at successful strategies both from within the MOKO Dance network, as well as case studies from the wider arts sector. Click on the image below to read the document.

MOKO legacy screen

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