Welcome to MOKO Dance! 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.
MOKO Dance was not just about live dance performances. It also focused on a range of interactive, fun pursuits for the whole family to enjoy, from front of house activities and dance workshops to social media and online discussions.
THE MOKO DANCE PARTNERS
DanceEast celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. It is housed in the purpose-built Jerwood DanceHouse that opened on the Ipswich Waterfront in 2009. There, DanceEast hosts a range of dance classes, workshops, residencies and performances, including the DanceEast Academy which is one of nine Centres for Advanced Training for young people with exceptional potential, supported by the Department for Education. DanceEast brings world class dance to the East of England, supports the development of artists at all stages of their careers, provides opportunities for artists and audiences to meet and works with partners across the region to encourage people of all ages and abilities to engage with dance as creators, performers and audiences.
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.
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.