MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

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. 

A big part of MDI’s work is to nurture, support and develop dance artists and the art form itself through working with artists, venues and audiences locally, nationally and internationally.  Raising the profile of the role of artists in our society is at the heart of the work that MDI will continue to champion.

MDI wants the dance sector in Merseyside to thrive and be exceptional. Part of this ambition can be achieved through supporting continued professional development and establishing regular high quality training and platforms to showcase work.

Moving Dance Forward was a joint working programme with Dance Manchester set up in 2012 and since 2015 MDI has been working to set up three strands in Liverpool:

• Dance Intensives – a training programme for up to 8 artists to increase the physical fitness, technical prowess and choreographic expertise, not regularly available in this region offering 3 master-classes from March 2016

• Resi-Dance – a bursary programme for up to 2 artists, offering a small financial allowance of £500 each and free studio space to develop their practice, create work and have a mentor. The Resi-dance bursary is now open to applications (deadline is 29th April 5pm) – please download an application form and return to

• Made on Merseyside – a platform event open to the public and industry experts providing an opportunity for up to 6 artists/companies to present their work with the chance to receive feedback from the audience and enable the artists to develop relationships with new venues and presenters in order to export their work further afield.

This programme is under development and will kickstart with a Big Dance Pledge intensive by Paul Doyle on 19th March 2-5pm it costs £10 (Location to be confirmed).