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Pavilion Dance South West is the National Dance Development Organisation for the South West of England, supporting regional dance strategy development and representing the South West Dance sector nationally.

We work 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. We collaborate on events that take place right across the region such as the Cultural Olympiad and Big Dance and are increasingly looking to co-commission work for touring. We meet regularly to discuss issues and share information.

In our Bournemouth-based venue, Pavilion Dance, we present dance performances, live screenings,exhibitions and more than 40 dance classes every week.


A world where everyone lives a healthier and more fulfilled life through dance.


We celebrate and encourage dance nationally, building strong local and regional partnerships to connect it to a diverse and broad public, through excellent performance and participation opportunities.


We are: Generous, Passionate, Inspiring, Inclusive, Fresh


We champion a fresh approach to dance by dissolving boundaries to create and present incredible experiences for audiences and participants. We support and develop those who already love dance and inspire those who have yet to discover it.

We aim to be:   

A leader in dance development and  a powerful national advocate for dance with a distinctive voice

A provider of inspiration and coordination to a diverse, supportive dance development network in the South West

A contributor to Bournemouth and Poole’s regeneration, through programmes delivering social and economic impacts

A champion of collaboration between artists, producers and promoters to serve wider audiences and generate opportunities for emerging talent

A regional hub for dance and health, with international connections, promoting better quality of life and social outcomes for all

A leading facilitator of dance experiences for children and young people (CYP)

A welcoming, inclusive organisation enabling diverse people to engage with diverse dance


Bounce: Inspiring children and young people in and through dance
Grow:  Challenging and supporting artists and makers to respond creatively to opportunities and markets
Shift: Developing and testing new ideas for commissioning, producing and distributing dance
Share: Championing and supporting an audience’s right to feel connected and engaged with dance
Breathe: Advocating for and embedding dance into society’s health and well being provision


Download our mission statement document

Download our Dance Ecology document



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