Dance excellence is putting Leeds on the map

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Leeds is dancing its way to the top when it comes to its cultural offerings - as our bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023 testifies.

And it seems the rest of us really do appreciate the range of fancy footwork and magical movement available to watch on our doorstep.

A year ago, several dance organisations came together to highlight the strength of dance in Leeds, its contribution to the local economy and its influence on a national and international level.

Now an updated ‘map’ compiled by the group has revealed that in 2013/14, almost 300,000 people watched a live dance performance by the eight partners involved; almost 75,000 people took part in a dance workshop or project; almost 600 people were employed in the sector and the eight companies generated £11.9m. Visit

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