In this section, you will find a wide variety of opportunities to dance with Pavilion Dance South West. This section is dedicated to anyone who wants to either try moving for the first time, develop their existing skills, learn, perform or choreograph dance, and is designed to serve as a hub to introduce all of these elements to you in one place.

We believe that anyone can dance, and we believe deeply in the positive benefits dance can bring to all:

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Our 6 Strands of Dance

It’s with the above in mind that we have settled on 6 different strands to our participatory programme, that we would invite all who interested to learn more about:

Business Come Dancing

At Pavilion Dance, one of our most exciting dance events, one that we have been running for over 10 years now, is Business Come Dancing. Taking the format of a Strictly-style corporate event, Business Come Dancing inspires local businesses to bring targeted improvements towards lots of different communities across the south coast, by way of fundraising. Taking place every year in November, the event sees 10 local businesses with a singular representative, competing with a pro dance partner in front of a packed audience to win the competition! Providing opportunities to network in a unique environment helping contribute to lots of fantastic causes, Business Come Dancing is an event that we’re really proud of. Click the link below to learn more.

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Children and Young People

We believe that it is our calling and our responsibility to provide the children and young people in our communities with fun, engaging, and inclusive dance classes and programmes. We firmly believe at Pavilion Dance that dance as an artform can often be the key to unlocking the artistic potential, social confidence, and overall independence for the younger generation. With this in mind, we are proud to offer a series of different dance classes for kids of all ages, and a range of educational initiatives and courses for children and young adults, such as our COAST Youth Dance Company, and our Young Choreographers programmes – which you can learn more about with the link below.

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Learning Opportunities

At Pavilion Dance, we offer a wide variety of different courses and opportunities that are designed to encourage the development of the burgeoning dance professionals, children and young adults that are interested in dance in our local communities. Among these opportunities, you can take part in things like our Work Experience & Arts Award, our BA (Hons) Dance course, and our Learning Associates programme. We are deeply passionate about utilising dance as a tool in the development and education of our community, and we hope to see you taking part in these initiatives one day soon, too!

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Health and Wellbeing

As a registered charity, we are always looking to support a huge variety of groups through our work, with engaging dance initiatives like Parkinson’s Dance, Dance for Dementia, and SHIFT. All of these workshops and dance classes for adults in our Health and Wellbeing initiative, are specifically designed to positively impact the physical fitness, mental health, and overall happiness of those vulnerable in our communities, through innovative programmes like the ones listed above. 

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Community Partnerships

Pavilion Dance recognises the huge importance of equality, diversity, and inclusion in our work -as well as the necessity of having a strong relationship with our local community. With this in mind, we have created a series of community partnerships through a series of different initiatives, including our Co Evo programme (an adult contemporary dance company for dance professionals), the Change Maker role to help shape our dance inclusivity processes and practices, and different Action Groups and a Community Focus Group targeting equality, diversity, health, and wellbeing. 

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Partnerships

As a provider of professional dance workshops, inclusive dance classes, and exciting dance events and performances all throughout the year, we at Pavilion Dance South West are incredibly proud to work with lots of fantastic partners across all of our different projects. From local charities like Dorset Mind and BourneFree, to other dance companies like Swindon Dance and the Forest Arts Centre, you can browse through a complete list of all of our professional dance partnerships and collaborators with the links below.

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All of our work is rooted locally to Bournemouth and is responding to need, operates in partnership and is of the highest quality. We place value on inclusive practise, we respect the importance of diversity and we strive to ensure fair access to dance.


We are an Arts Mark Partner, an Arts Award Centre and a Trinity Champion Centre.

Pavilion Dance work across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP)

All of our programmes and dance classes are rooted locally to Bournemouth and are responding to needs, operate in partnership, and are of the highest quality. We place value on inclusive practice, we respect the importance of diversity and we strive to ensure fair access to dance. Our projects all aim to support the strong cultural profile of the BCP area, by bringing fantastic live performances, inclusive dance events, and a strong community spirit to the south of England.

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