Greenwich Dance

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Greenwich Dance is a dance organisation based within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London.

Founded in 1993,[1] Greenwich Dance is based at offices within Charlton House[2]. Between 1993 - 2008, it operated from The Borough Hall[3], the former town hall of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich.[4]

Greenwich Dance is a registered charity,[5] and receives regular funding from Arts Council England[6] and Royal Borough of Greenwich[7]. It was a member of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations until 2018[8].

Historic usage of The Borough Hall[edit]

The Borough Hall was designed by architect Clifford Culpin[9] and built in 1938-1939, and acted as the town hall for the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich until a local authority merger in 1965 resulted in the relocation of the Borough's town hall to Woolwich. The building was split into two in 1972-1974,[10] with Greenwich School of Management operating out of offices now named Meridian House.

The Borough Hall remained vacant until 1993 when Greenwich Dance began to operate from the venue. The building is Grade-II* listed.[11]

The band Squeeze performed their first gig at The Borough Hall in 1975.[12] In 2010, PRS for Music erected a blue plaque on the side of the building to commemorate the event.[13]

After Greenwich Dance left The Borough Hall, squatters were reported to be living in the building

1993 - present day[edit]

Since 1993, Greenwich Dance has operated the building on behalf of the owner, the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Nowadays the building hosts daily classes for professional dance artists, evening classes, events, performances and workshops.

The Borough Hall today contains three functional dance studios - The Borough Hall, The Minor Hall, and Studio 3.[14] The Borough Hall, the largest of the three, has a stage and an original 21m x 21m semi-sprung dance floor,[15] which was originally constructed in the 1930s as a social dance floor. As part of the organisation's support for professional dance artists, rehearsal spaces are hired out at reduced rates for independent dance artists.[16]

The Borough Hall also houses the offices of other prominent local arts organisations, including Protein Dance[17] and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.[18]

Each year, Greenwich Dance produce two festivals as part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals - Greenwich Dances[19] and Greenwich World Cultural Festival[20] (based at Eltham Palace). These are delivered on behalf of Royal Borough of Greenwich, the commissioners of Royal Greenwich Festivals.

Role as Big Dance Hub[edit]

Acknowledging its role as the dance provider for South East London, in 2010 Big Dance commissioned Greenwich Dance [21] to act as the Big Dance Hub for the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greenwich Dance Agency - the first 10 years - LondonDance". LondonDance. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  2. ^ Clasper, Neil (2018-07-24). "Greenwich Dance moves to Charlton House". The Charlton Champion. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  3. ^ Chamberlain, Darryl (2018-04-13). "Borough Halls to remain arts venue despite Greenwich Dance departure, council says". 853. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  4. ^ "Greenwich Town Hall (former), London". manchesterhistory.net. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  5. ^ "Charity Details". beta.charitycommission.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  6. ^ "National Portfolio Organisations | Arts Council England". www.artscouncil.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  7. ^ Greenwich, Royal Borough of. "Arts funding". www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  8. ^ "Dance development takes a hit in NPO funding round". ArtsProfessional. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  9. ^ England, Historic. "THE BOROUGH HALL AND MERIDIAN HOUSE (FORMER GREENWICH TOWN HALL), Greenwich - 1213855| Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  10. ^ "Greenwich Town Hall (former), London". manchesterhistory.net. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  11. ^ England, Historic. "THE BOROUGH HALL AND MERIDIAN HOUSE (FORMER GREENWICH TOWN HALL), Greenwich - 1213855| Historic England". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  12. ^ "Squeeze debut gig". London Remembers. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  13. ^ "PRS for Music honours Squeeze's first gig". prsformusic.com. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  14. ^ "Greenwich Dance - The Borough Hall - Rehearsal Space Finder". Rehearsal Space Finder. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  15. ^ "Greenwich Dance - The Borough Hall - Rehearsal Space Finder". Rehearsal Space Finder. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  16. ^ "Greenwich Dance - LondonDance". LondonDance. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  17. ^ "Protein Dance :: Contact". www.proteindance.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  18. ^ "Contact us - Greenwich+Docklands International Festival". www.festival.org. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  19. ^ Little, Mandy (2017-05-22). "Greenwich's series of summer festivals kicks of with literary and family fun". London News Online. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  20. ^ "Greenwich World Cultural Festival 2016". Visit Greenwich. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  21. ^ "Big Dance 2010 press release" (PDF).