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Updates and news from the Board of Trustees and team at Greenwich Dance.

18th June 2018
Statement from the Board of Trustees of Greenwich Dance

Melanie Precious to be the new Chief Executive Officer at Greenwich Dance
Greenwich Dance today announces the appointment of Melanie Precious as its new Chief Executive Officer from September 2018.

Melanie joins Greenwich Dance after two years as Creative Producer with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein having previously worked on organisational and artist development, learning and participation for a number of dance organisations including Sadler’s Wells, Hofesh Shechter Company, ZooNation, DanceEast, and The Place. She is a trustee at Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

The Board of Trustees at Greenwich Dance is delighted that Melanie will be leading the organisation in this new exciting new phase.

Melanie says: “My vision for Greenwich Dance is for a vibrant, confident and agile organisation that continues to develop opportunities to make, watch and participate in dance regardless of age, experience or background. I think Greenwich Dance is on a new and immensely exciting course which will allow the organisation to better serve the people and artists in the community where it is based. For me, community and professional dance are inextricably intertwined and the ecology of dance can’t be truly supported if an organisation chooses to focus on one alone. Therefore, alongside our community based programme, we will continue to find ways to build upon the strong reputation Greenwich Dance has in the development of artists and their work.

I do not foresee Greenwich Dance being without its own dance space for very long and I see this interim period as an opportunity for imagination, innovation and the development of deep community engagement and stronger partnerships.”

31st May 2018

A message from the team at Greenwich Dance
We are now settled for the time-being, in our new home in Woolwich Arsenal. It is a big change from The Borough Halls, but nevertheless a change of optimism. We are focusing our work on Community Engagement and Outreach activity. It is a full and active programme and it is great to be back at work again. We can't reach as many people as before but we are working to extend our reach in the future.

1 May 2018

Statement from the Board of Trustees of Greenwich Dance
On 1 May 2018 Greenwich Dance leaves the Borough Halls, the beautiful building which has been our home for the last 25 years. It has borne witness to an array of exceptional dance - performances, collaborations, classes, projects large and small - with the participation of many people and communities throughout the Royal Borough of Greenwich and beyond.

Over the years though the practical challenges of this listed building have started to outweigh the benefits. In addition Greenwich town centre has changed beyond recognition and is well provided with cultural opportunities. So we are now taking the opportunity to move further east within the Borough and become part of new places with new communities, extending opportunities for dance and to dance.

This is a challenging and difficult process which has had particular impact on our dedicated staff team. We are very aware of this and we want to thank all our staff for their commitment, perseverance and energy as we work through this period and deal with the implications of change. Reflecting the loss of Arts Council NPO funding and the building itself, we have had to reduce the staff team to a bare minimum. Many of the team have already left or leave shortly - they were all part of what has made Greenwich Dance so special. We thank them for their important contributions to Greenwich Dance. In particular we thank Kat Bridge and Amanda Davey who as joint CEOs have led us through this period. We wish all of them the very best for the future.

PHOTO by Dan Lowenstein
Photo by Dan Lowenstein