About Dance North

About Dance North

Dance North (formerly Bodysurf Scotland) is at the vanguard of contemporary dance. We’re on a mission to promote and produce bold and imaginative events that offer people from across the globe to just down the road new opportunities to experience dance.

With a strong track record and international profile, we are dedicated to bringing excellent, often challenging work, to rural northeast Scotland, drawing artists and choreographers from across the globe. Whether it’s introducing rural audiences to contemporary dance, promoting experimental dance practices or delivering dance and movement workshops to improve the wellbeing of communities, we see ourselves as leaders in our field.

We aim to:

  • Enhance public engagement with contemporary dance in Moray
  • Programme, promote and support the development of contemporary dance in Scotland
  • Ensure the long-term resilience and sustainability of our work.

Founded by dance artists Karl Jay-Lewin and Deborah Jay-Lewin in 2003, the organisation grew out of the belief that the setting of Findhorn and locally-based arts facilities would provide the perfect platform upon which to showcase contemporary dance to rural Scottish audiences.

Our artistic direction comes from the Creative Director who has cemented a strong reputation for the organisation as being at the forefront of contemporary dance – unequivocally bold, experimental and ambitious with a programming policy that assures diversity; a balance of Scottish, UK and international artists; and new and returning artists.

Working with highly respected international artists and partners has ensured that our work remains fresh and relevant on a global stage. We consistently advocate for the Scottish Dance Sector at an international level through the promotion and support of new Scottish work.

Our Regional Artist Support (RAS) Programme supports the development of dance artists in Moray and the Highlands through the provision of networking opportunities, training, sharing of resources, opportunities for continued practice and the creation and presentation of new work. The project aims to create a resilient and sustainable networked infrastructure for strategic development amongst professional dance artists and project-based organisations. Read more about how we support dance artists.

We are passionate about promoting the positive effects that cultural experiences can have upon health and wellbeing, and work hard to break down the barriers that so often prevent people from attending and participating in dance events. Read more about our Participatory Dance programme.

Based within the Findhorn Ecovillage (known throughout the world as a major centre for environmental and spiritual transformation), we promote our locality as a visitor destination, whilst injecting strong ecological values into our work. The environment is brought into all areas of the organisation, from holding performances on the beach, to reducing our own carbon footprint. Recognising that geographical isolation is the largest cause of deprivation in Moray, our activities are also delivered across the region, reaching isolated rural communities.

We understand the importance of sharing skills, expertise and resources for mutual benefit and seek to forge partnerships with local, national and international organisations whose values and ways of working are commensurate with our own. We work with people who share our vision and who will strengthen our ability to achieve our aims and objectives.