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Ludus Dance: Positive in face of 70% funding cut.

Chris Satori

The outcome of the National Portfolio Funding process has resulted in a 70% cut to Ludus Dance funding from Arts Council England. The remaining funding is to be earmarked to support ‘community dance activity focussed in Lancashire’.

In the light of these facts, Ludus Dance has issued the following official statement:
'We are massively disappointed with the Arts Council’s decision to cut our funding to such a large extent. This will of course have a devastating effect on the range of work we offer and impact we have. Although this does not mean the end for Ludus, unless we are able to secure additional sources of income, it does mean an end to the touring side of the company.

‘Ludus has been inspiring people to engage with dance for over 35 years, and the very real impact of this work has been achieved across both community dance and touring. With every national tour we deliver, we reach thousands upon thousands of people. This not only inspires young children to get involved in dance, but it also feeds the wider dance ecology. Many of the biggest names in dance and choreography began their career with the Ludus Dance Touring Company, so the reality of losing this part of the company will impact upon the wider dance industry.’

Throw your support behind Ludus
‘We are appealing to everyone who has ever been inspired, touched or moved by a Ludus Dance performance, workshop, class or project to send us a letter of support, highlighting the impact Ludus has had on your life. This will help us in our bid to secure other sources of funding. Please send your letters to Ludus Dance, The Assembly Rooms, King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1RE or email: You can also support the company via our Friends Scheme at:

‘At this early stage, we cannot speculate as to what form the company will take on from 2012 – all we know is that it will be very different from the Ludus we know today. We are about to undergo a comprehensive strategic review of the organisation, which we believe will help us come through this and identify the best way forward for the future.’

Summer term starts 7 May
The company will continue to provide its normal services, including centre classes, projects and touring company residencies until March 2012. The Summer term of dance classes will begin at its Lancaster-based studio on 7th May 2011. As well as the much-loved weekly programme of classes, such as ballet, tap and street, dance taster sessions in Zumba® and Pilates will be new additions to the timetable. For full details, call 01524 35936 or visit:

Image: Ludus Youth Dance Co.