MDI Merseyside Dance Initiative
Inspiring people through dance

RISE: African People’s Dance

‘Educating, Inspiring and Exciting people about all forms of African and Caribbean Dance’

The RISE Programme is a unique and holistic development programme for African and Caribbean dance in the north of the UK

MDI has been committed to supporting African and Caribbean Dance in traditional and contemporary forms since the organisation began. In 1994 MDI held its first African dance workshops in Liverpool, including a summer school and performance project with Badejo Arts. Since the appointment of APD dance artist Maxine Brown in 2002, MDI has produced:
• an annual youth summer school of African dance and drumming,
• bespoke projects such as A Boys’ Project led by Francis Angol as part of the MDI Artist in Residence Scheme and Step in Fresh
• 2005 and 207 Cultiv8 African and Caribbean Dance Festival and Seminar
• Professional and Community dance classes led by national and international APD artists.

Current Projects