Come and watch Contact Dance Company perform in Wolverhampton


Shropshire Inclusive Dance warmly invites you to a performance by Contact Dance Company, makers of powerful and moving inclusive dance

The performances is at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton
on Wednesday 10th October.

‘Unknown Places’ explores how we can navigate, compose and find comfort within the unknown.

The piece has been choreographed by award winning dance artist Joanna Young and is performed by our talented ensemble of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Recent performances of this show by Contact Dance Company has received rave reviews

‘Focused, reflective, contemplative, infused with the presence not only of each dancer, but also the presence and energies of the natural world’

‘At times it felt like the piece was showing to me the ever moving qualities of the whole of humanity’

‘Unknown Places’ will be shown alongside a new trio by the company & also new work from Dance Unity.
 Dance Unity has created this new work through a residency with
Contact Dance Company.

The tickets at £5 each can be booked from the Arena box office on 01902 321321 or online following this link

Arena Theatre, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE

The Arena Theatre is a wheelchair accessible venue.

How to get to The Arena Theatre:

By car

The Arena Theatre is situated in the heart of Wolverhampton City Centre, directly behind the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and next to the University of Wolverhampton’s Wulfruna building. The theatre is completely accessible by road.

The nearby Broad Street car park is open 24 hours a day and costs £4.50 for 24-hour parking. Parking is £2 after 5.30pm.

If you don’t have change available, you can download the RingGo app directly to your smartphone. The code for Broad Street is 8035.

By train

Wolverhampton train station is a just a five-minute walk away from the Arena Theatre.


Dancing outside, Dancing on the inside SiD outreach teams, engaging children with disabilities and additional needs.

Short breaks is a programme of activities ran by Telford and Wrekin Council aimed at giving children with disabilities and additional needs engaging activities, whilst giving their parents and carers a well earned break.

We have a wonderfully creative team dancing with children at Southall and Haughton Schools in Telford. SiD dancers Anna Belyavin, Poppy Mansfield and Svenja Jinman have been facilitating weekly classes.

Here is an update from Anna Belyavin

At Haughton we have gone on some creative adventures, exploring stories and themes such as ‘The Snail and the Whale’, the football World Cup, island adventures and the circus to name a few. The children have enjoyed using their imaginations to explore different worlds and different characters using props and images to work together to make movement.

At Southall the creative movement sessions have been looking at developing and improving dance vocabulary as well as exploring themes and ideas such as ‘the elements – air, water and fire’.

The children have learnt taught material as well as explored creative ideas, improvisation, partner work and choreography.

We finished the term by making the most of the good weather and taking our dancing outside in the sunshine. We explored nature, sounds and the environment, finishing with a creative dance on the benches in the school grounds. These dances are featured in the video, below.





The premier of Unknown Places – a new ensemble piece by Contact Dance Company.

‘Unknown Places’ a newly commissioned ensemble piece choreographed by dance artist Joanna Young was performed by Contact Dance Company, last week at The Hive in Shrewsbury.

13 dancers from Contact Dance Company wove intricate layers of simple evocative movements throughout this 20 minute piece, often collecting, moving, replacing and shifting natural objects such as bamboo, rocks, sticks and plants.

A dancer moves slowly within a circle while delicate strands of lavender are precariously balanced on her. A male dancer moves and slides a large boulder through his arms, a ripple of bamboo poles balanced on dancers bodies provides a gentle rhythmic accompaniment.

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The dance was accompanied by a subtle and dynamic soundscape of field recordings including birdsong, tides, river sounds, composed by Jamie McCarthy

The cast of 13 very individual dancers moved through shifts in mood and dynamics from subtle swaying and careful placing, to the creation of wild eddies of movement across a crowded dance floor. The piece demanded discipline and connection from the dancers, which was there for all to see.


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Members of the audience shared the following thoughts about the piece.

‘The new work was a wonderful piece of ensemble movement: focused, reflective, contemplative, infused with the presence not only of each dancer, but also the presence and energies of the natural world’

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Described by The Dancing Times as ‘an adventurous choreographic voice’, Joanna Young’s work is delicate, intricately crafted and absorbing to watch.

She writes ‘As a child I had an obsession with arranging spaces; moving paraphernalia and domestic furnishings around to create different atmospheres and situations. I feel like I am still playing the same game’

Before coming to Shropshire to make this new piece Joanna Young was in residency in West Wales, this ever-shifting landscape of rivers and tides had a big influence on the piece. During the making process the dancers were invited to spend a while witnessing the swirling currents of the river Severn and for these currents to be internalised and expressed by the dancers.

Many members of the audience commented on the absorbing, mesmerising and soothing qualities of the piece.

In the first half of the show Contact Dance Company shared two powerful duets

‘Unspoken’ and ‘While you broke through’ and screened a film about their making process entitled ‘A bridge between us’ These works get to the heart of what contact Dance company is about. Connection, relationship, presence, and a joy in the moving body.

Unknown places will be performed in the autumn, that and other repertory work will be available for bookings.

Images of Unknown Places – photography by Ewen Macintyre




















Contact Dance Company presents ‘Unknown Places’ at The Hive in Shrewsbury on Wednesday June 20th


Contact Dance Company are excited to present its new ensemble dance piece
‘Unknown Places’ choreographed by Joanna Young.  The piece will be performed alongside other dances from the company repertoire alongside its most recent work on film ‘A Bridge Between Us’.

An ensemble of 12 dancers have been immersed in the devising process with dance artist Joanna Young.  Joanna states

‘We have been exploring how we navigate, compose and find comfort within the unknown, we play with notions of waves, tides, and changing places. As the external and internal structures ebb and flow, build and disperse we find new ways to connect and explore a constantly moving stillness’

The performance is an important milestone for Shropshire Inclusive Dance who through funding from Arts Council England are embarking on an exciting new programme of work entitled ‘Growing Together’. The development of Contact Dance Company is an important part of this programme.

The performance is on Wednesday 20th June at The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury  
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There will be a Matinee performance 1.30pm and an evening performance at 7.30pm 

Tickets are £5 adults and children are Free.

Please reserve your tickets by contacting us by phone on 01743 234976 or by emailing

Contact Dance Company in rehearsal for their upcoming performance of ‘Unknown Places’

Contact Dance Company have been working hard devising their latest ensemble piece ‘Unknown Places’ with dance artist Joanna Young.

The ensemble of 12 dancers have been immersed in creating the new work which will have its premiere on Wednesday 20th June at The Hive in Shrewsbury. It will be a special evening with work from the company’s repertoire, a film about our duets and of course ‘ Unknown Places’


More information about booking tickets to see the show at The Hive will be publicised very soon. In the meantime heres some images of our performers creating the new work.

Images by Ray jacobs




Welcome to our new freelance administrator !

SiD would like to give a big welcome to our new freelance Administrator
Kim Tunbridge.

Kim is an experienced and qualified administrator and was previously Office Manager at the British Paralympic Association and then PA to the CEO.

We are excited to welcome Kim to the team and get Kim’s support in the office so we can make SiD’s ‘Growing Together Programme’ one which truly lives up to its name.

Kim will be working at our base at The Hive in Shrewsbury on Mondays and Tuesdays, she will be able to help you with questions about the company or enquiries about our projects on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Our new company phone number is 01743 234976

In Residency in Abercych

SiD had a fantastic time on residency in West Wales, with many thanks to ‘Maynard Abercych’ we shared our dance practise with participants from Pembrokeshire People First and Clynfyw Care Farm.

We were proud to present Arty Party‘s Four Solos in the Wild exhibition in the beautiful 2 Penrhiw where we were staying. Over 60 people visited the exhibition many of whom took part in a gorgeous workshop at Abercych village hall.

Over 30 people aged between 6 and 60 embodied so much of what SiD is all about, celebrating the moving connection between us all. The exhibition presented in the cottage deeply moved many of the visitors. The SiD team were Chloe Shepherd, Mervyn Bradley, Rachel Liggitt and Ray Jacobs. We gained from residing in the beautiful cottage and surroundings in the village of Abercych. Ingredients of the residency included; teamwork, trust, shared cooking, shared laughter, generous hosting from Sterling and Simon and a journey back through the snow.