Greenwich Dance is to leave its current premises after 25 years and is searching for a new home in the London borough.
The organisation, which provides support and services for dancers, is to vacate the council-owned Borough Halls on May 1.
According to acting chair of the board at Greenwich Dance, Martha Oakes, the current premises are “no longer fit for the organisation’s purposes”.
Greenwich Dance will continue to run a scaled-down programme of activity in spring/summer 2018, while the board undergoes a period of “reflection and planning”.
This follows the loss of the organisation’s national portfolio organisation status in Arts Council England’s most recent funding round, announced in July 2017.
The loss of funding prompted concerns from Equity about the lack of Arts Council support for the independent dance sector, with nearly 3,000 people signing a petition calling on ACE to protect the future of the organisation.
Oakes said: “Greenwich Dance has been looking to move out of the Borough Hall for quite some considerable time. Despite its beauty, as an un-renovated listed building, it’s become increasingly not fit for our purposes, particularly in terms of access and facilities, and we are now finally leaving the Borough Hall on May 1 to set up home further east in the borough of Greenwich.”
A statement from the board of Greenwich Dance said: “We are working closely with our colleagues at Royal Borough of Greenwich and Arts Council England as part of our process of finding a new home and to re-imagine Greenwich Dance to serve the rapidly growing and changing community to which we are committed.
“Our priority is to continue making dance and access to dance a vibrant part of our future here in south-east London.”