The history of dance in Derby will be explored through a pioneering new Heritage Lottery funded project and exhibition at Déda.
Derby Dances will work with local partners and volunteers to collate existing archives including projects which have looked at Northern Soul scene in the city, the growth of Hip Hop and major community programmes such as Big Dance, which took place in 2008.
An exhibition at Déda, currently celebrating its 20th year, will follow in autumn and it is hoped the material will also tour the UK before being donated to Derby Local Studies Library.
Stephen Munn, Director of Déda, said: “We are delighted that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been approved. Thank you to National Lottery players for making this exciting project a reality.
“We aim to tell the story of dance in Derby from the perspective of established groups, venues and individuals over the past 70 or so years in a number of ways including film, photographs, written memories and recorded interviews.
“This will be a fascinating way of exploring the changes in popularity of dance styles in Derby enjoyed by local people over the decades, including how genres such as contemporary dance have become more accessible in recent times. I am sure that many people will particularly love to share their memories of times enjoyed at different venues in the city over the decades.
“As part of our own anniversary celebrations, it will be particularly interesting to showcase the role that Déda has had over the past 20 years –growing both in size and focus from a regional dance to house to now being a nationally recognised creation centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor performance.
“Finally, I hope that the project will serve as a reminder of the benefits of dance for individuals including physical exercise, as a creative outlet and a wonderful social activity and the importance of dance within the cultural offer of the city.”