MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

Professional

MDI aims to support dance artists in through all stages of their careers in particular those based in Merseyside.
We provide information and a programme of continuing professional development, including: dance intensives training programme; ResiDance residency and bursary programme and platforms to present work. We offer free studio space and time to artists creating work. To find out more about MDI's support programme and other professional development opportunities join our mailing list.

Artist Support

Artist Support

MDI wants the dance sector in the region to thrive and be exceptional. We aim to nurture dancers and choreographers by supporting their continued development and providing high quality professional training.


Check this page regularly for information about events and opportunities, and see below for some testimonials from artists who have worked with us.

Moving Dance Forward

Moving Dance Forward

MDI is delighted to annouce it is setting up an Artist Support Programme supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust to develop the skills, practice and promotion of dance artists living in Merseyside. 

Artist Profiles

Artist Profiles

MDI has a huge database of freelance artists able to perform and teach a wide variety of dance styles.

Register as a Freelancer

Register as a Freelancer

MDI receives hundreds of requests each year for dance artists to work in schools, voluntary organisations and community groups.

“What do you think of MDI?” Wendy Houstoun responds

“What do you think of MDI?” Wendy Houstoun responds

MDI spent the last two years working with Dance 4, East London Dance and Dance Manchester on a Catalyst-funded project to diversify income in dance. Over this time we took a long hard look at the many ways our organisation could make itself more resourceful and resilient. We felt that MDI was not being seen clearly for what it is and that by failing to find clarity we were experiencing many misconceptions and misunderstandings of who we were and how we achieve our goals? So we put our neck on the line and asked an artist what she thought of us – we were not expecting this……

ResiDance 16/17

ResiDance 16/17

MDI's ResiDance Bursary Scheme for Merseyside Dance Artists is now open for applications! 

Artist Callout - LEAP2017

Artist Callout - LEAP2017

Together with Wired Aerial Theatre, MDI are looking for artists wanting to research and discover within the LEAP Dance Festival.