Project information


Taking part in creative activities can have a lasting and transforming effect on the lives of young people. We want to inspire and enable people from across Manchester to fulfil their creative potential, get healthy and have fun with a free summer participatory dance festival.

January 2011 - September 2011

Charity information: ZION ARTS CENTRE LTD

  • Need


    Hulme is one of the most deprived inner city areas in England. Zion Arts centre is a much loved local resource giving young people somewhere to go, express themselves, gain skills and build confidence with a range of creative activites. The large dance studio which used to be the most well equiped in the region, is in need of refurbishment. The dance floor is a H&S hazard and it is getting too hot to dance in comfort, People have stopped using the studio for these reasons.


    We intend to upgrade the studio by repairing the floor, improving the mirrors, painting the walls and decorating the changing rooms and installing air conditioning. We will then work with young people, local professional dancers and dance organisations to promote and run a free participatory dance summer festival to get people back into the studio and back dancing again. The festival will be promoted to local schools, youth and community groups.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Refurbish the dance studio to make it fit for purpose again.


    » Replace the sprung dance floor which currently gives splinters to dancers.
    » Redecorate the walls and renovate the changing rooms and mirrors.
    » install air conditioning

    What success will look like

    Success will be... a safe, pleasant environment in which to dance, which people choose to use on a daily basis from July 2011 onwards

    Aim 2

    Run a Summer Participatory Dance Festival in July & August 2011


    » Create a Steering Group of Young Leaders, professional dancers and local dance organisations to design and create the festival programme.
    » Promote the Festival to schools, youth groups, community groups, artists and other cultural organisations acrss Manchester and the North West.
    » Run 6 full weeks of dance workshops using different dance forms and for a range of ages and abilities, all for free.
    » Work with the steering group and participants to evaluate the project and then introduce a year-long dance programme according to demand.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...100 individual people taking part in 500 dance opportunities over 60 workshops during summer 2011

  • Impact


    More people will use the dance studio as it will be a safe and pleasant environment in which to dance.
    We will continue to provide regular dance classes in the refurbished studio. People are then more likely to carry on dancing after the festival has encouraged them to dance, gain confidence, get healthy and have fun.
    We will demonstrate the success by monitoring numbers of people who come to dance and general use of the studio and through feedback of the experiences they have.


    Risks that the refurbishment may go over budget. We have dealt with this by working with local professional dance groups to find the best deals on equipment and will work with regular contract fitters to ensure delivery. Risks that we may not find enough dancers to run all the workshops or participants to take part are also dealt with by working with local professional groups.


    We will report to donors on a monthly basis, as we report to the Board of Directors. We will also invite donors to take part in the festival, and a special VIP event for donors at the start or finish of the festival, with a big dance-off.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Floor Relay sprung dance floor
      £12,000 Studio refurbish studio walls, mirrors, changing rooms
      £4,000 Air Con Install air conditioning
      £3,000 Promotion promotion of festival
      £6,000 workshops 60 workshop leader fees
      £5,500 overheads contribution to overheads
  • Background


    Zion Arts Centre is based in Hulme, close to the wards of Moss Side and Ardwick. These are amongst the poorest and most diverse wards in the UK with very high levels of unemployment and low educational achievement. Based in one of the oldest buildings in Hulme, but serving the whole of Manchester, Zion Arts Centre is a wonedrful inspiring Edwardian building and Manchester’s multi-art form space for young people.


    The project is aimed at local residents of Hulme and Moss Side and all across Manchester. There is a focus on young people (aged 5-25) but the project will deliver to all ages. This is a very poor part of the UK, so delivering the project free of charge gives very real opportunities to young people who wouldn't otherwise have anything to do in the summer holidays.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Zion Arts Centre is an iconic building right in the heart of Hulme and accessible to all targeted beneficiaries. We have a 10 year history of delivering participatory creative projects to Manchester. the dance studio used to be, and can be again, one of the largest and best equipped dance studios in the city, attracting dancers from far and wide. We also have resident dancers and dance organisations in the building who will help create and promote this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Saskia Metcalf

    Creative Development Manager and amateur dancer herself. Saskia has many years experience of running participatory art anwill manage this project.

    Darren Pritchard

    Artistic Director of Company Fierce since 2001, a partner organisation who will help run workshops and promotion. Runs award-winning Dance Academy.

    Deb Ashby

    Director of Dance Initiative Greater Manchester for approx 15 years. A partner in the project, and tenant at Zion Arts Centre.