Welcome to our 10th Anniversary Season at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth.

It’s different from what we had planned but it’s still a special moment to celebrate the quality and range of dance that we’ve brought here.

Live events and classes were planned for 5 September but we have shifted to digital instead for now.

Between 2010-2020 half a million people danced with us and 50,000 children and young people took part in a bespoke activity. That’s no mean feet – I know ‘feat’ – I just couldn’t miss the chance for the pun.

We hope you enjoy sampling some of the moments we’ve made.

Check out our social media and website to hear new podcasts, see images of activity and brochures from the first decade and watch a film giving you a glimpse into our new Covid Secure signage around the building.

There have been tears of joy and relief from dancers and staff as we have unlocked the building for creative use this week.

For the dancers it’s about being able to feel free to dance in a large purpose-built dance space rather than within the confines of their living rooms. For the staff, it’s the emotional impact of what we all lost through Lockdown.

But we’re back. Coast Youth Dance Company auditions even took place in person and we’re looking forward to working with this year’s cohort of young people. Some activity, such as our weekly Parkinsons’ Dance classes, will remain on zoom for now and we’ll work with our different communities to assess when there is the appetite to return to the building and we can provide a safe space to do so. We hope to introduce some live classes again in October.

Details of our Covid Secure processes are on the website here https://www.pdsw.org.uk/news/were-good-to-go/  Do check them out because it reveals the considerable care and thought that has been put into place to keep everyone using the building as safe as possible.  I think it has actually personalised the spaces more and maybe we’ll want to keep some aspects of it into the future!

Closing our building and stopping live activity has prevented us from earning income and we really need your support to ensure we’re around for the next decade and more.

Two ways to support us are by using the donate button on our website or you can sign up to Give As You Live – where every time you shop we’ll receive a donation at no cost to you – virtuous purchasing!


Coming up

Women Leaders South West: Find Out More – Recorded Session
‘Listen Up’ Podcast by Natasha Player
7th — 21st October 2020
Dance & Tech Forum, 2020
8th — 29th October 2020
Full events calendar

Our story

Pavilion Dance South West is a registered charity (1111641) dedicated to transforming communities through dance. Communities might be professional choreographers, dancers, producers, young people, or people living with Parkinson’s.

PDSW projects grow from one blueprint: to enable communities to enjoy creativity and well-being offered through dance.

Our Work…

How does dancing make you feel? Discover what dancing means to our community and embrace what it could do for you no matter what your ability. Everyone just loves to dance!


Dance for health

As both a form of exercise and a lifestyle choice, dancing has been proven to positively impact fitness, physical and mental health and overall wellbeing – for any age.

It is our mission to pioneer innovative programmes targeting specific health needs, rooted in research and built with sustainability and legacy at its heart.

Surf The Wave

An ambitious programme to create a step change in how the UK showcases dance and extends and strengthens tours for artists and companies.


Venue hire

If you’re looking for a unique venue to hold your performance or any type of event then look no further.


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