On this page you can find out about some of our dance initiatives and activities.

Shetland Arts provides a wealth of opportunities for anyone with a passion for dance including traditional, classical and contemporary.  We are committed to providing workshops, dance classes and performances for as wide a range of people as possible including those who are socially and geographicaly excluded.  We also offer professional development and support for teachers, choreographers and performers.


Traditional Dance

Taught by Maria Leask, our Traditional Dance Worker who travels throughout Shetland, teaching all age groups, and abilities, including toddlers, the elderly and people with  learning difficulties.

Active Futures

This was a three year dance initiative (2007-2010) in partnership with Shetland Islands Council, Sport and Leisure Services with funding from the Big Lottery to encourage 17-24 year olds to participate in dance. It gave young people the opportunity to take part in dance classes and work alongside local dance groups and visiting choreographers.

Creative Dance Residency

In January to March 2009, in partnership with the Shetland Islands Council’s Creative Links Team, Shetland Arts employed dancer and choreographer, Lisa Sinclair, to run creative dance classes and workshops throughout Shetland. She also mentored talented young dancers enhancing their skills and enabling them to teach in the future.

The residency culminated in a performance at the Town Hall, in Lerwick, which was choreographed by Lisa, and inspired by her time spent in Shetland.  Performing alongside Lisa, was a group of 17-24 year olds including members of the Bridges Project, an initiative which individually customises skills and development training for young people ages 15 to 19 who require move more choices and chances.  View more photos of the Creative Dance Residency

Audience Development

We bring dance companies and choreographers, with a national reputation, to Shetland. This ranges from large scale touring companies, such as Scottish Ballet, to small scale dance theatre groups like Company Chordelia.

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