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As a registered charity we support the professional development of emerging dancers from the North East and create opportunities for them to perform in their own region. The Company tours to theatres and non-traditional venues such as outdoor spaces, festivals and buildings of heritage. We have developed a reputation for creating innovative and engaging work that reaches audiences who do not usually engage with the arts. 


In parallel, we deliver workshops and residencies in schools, colleges and community groups, offering participants of any dance ability the opportunity to learn choreography and create movement with professional dancers. We engage with 900+ children and young people annually, with many from the most disadvantaged areas. 


We are passionate about our mission and can not do it without your help.


Donating to Fertile Ground helps us to:

  • Produce cutting-edge contemporary dance from world-renowned choreographers

  • Give employment and performance opportunities to a cast of four emerging dancers each year

  • Perform our work to audiences in the North East of England and beyond

  • Provide a comprehensive learning programme to give every young person the opportunity to participate in dance.

We welcome donations of any size – it all makes a difference and makes our work possible. If you would like donate or learn more about Fertile Ground and ways to support us, please, contact our Artistic Director on

Being a part of the 2018 Fertile Ground cohort not only developed my skills as a performed but enhanced my development as a complete dance artist. Under the guidance of fantastic artistic directors, I was given the opportunity to work with 2 amazing and contrasting choreographers to create performance pieces, deliver workshops to community dance groups, and choreograph curtain raisers to support our own performances. My skills in all 3 areas were heightened immeasurably, and in turn my confidence has also grown. It was honestly the perfect route for me, and since then I have been invited to more auditions than I ever was before.” 
Alyssa Lisle, Fertile Ground dancer 2018

Listening to dancer Emma Palmer speak… it was clear how the investment in dance in the North East has nourished her from school to becoming a professional. This company, who go from strength to strength, truly are the face of home grown North East dance - and they look good. 
Rosie Bradford, Events Manager, The Bowes Museum

Twilight Dances tour is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Sir James Knott Trust, Newcastle Culture Investment Fund, Polish Cultural Institute and Thirplow Trust and is supported by Sunderland College, Newcastle College and Dance City.

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