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Manchester dance development body closes after 27 years

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Dance development body Dance Manchester has announced its closure after 27 years, blaming a loss of funding from Arts Council England.

It said it had stopped being a national portfolio organisation from 2018 and it would now be transferring its remit to Company Chameleon in Manchester.

Dance Manchester was formed in 1992, as one of four dance development organisations in the North West. It ran a range of projects to increase access to dance in Greater Manchester and raise its profile.

A spokesman for the board of trustees said transferring its remit to Company Chameleon would ensure “continued support for the local dance ecology of Greater Manchester”.

Alison Clark, director of Arts Council North, said the body left behind “a substantial legacy for dance development in the North West”.

The transfer to Company Chameleon has been supported by ACE and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to ensure “investment into the North West dance sector is maintained and that dance continues to flourish in the region”.

Last month, an NHS dance injury clinic closed suddenly, leaving injured performers without treatment plans and restricting access to free specialist care.

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