We seek out shows that transport us and encourage us to take a leap into the unknown. With your support, the possibilities are endless.’   Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director & Chief Executive


Since contemporary dance began, brilliant and pioneering artists have persuaded people to look and think differently about the power of the body in motion.

From its beginning in 1978, Dance Umbrella has been doing the same. We have brought outstanding international dance to over 1 million people in London and continue to champion the very best choreography. We create great new work through our commissions, programme emerging and established artists in our annual festival, and open up dance to everyone through our celebrated creative learning programme.

Dance Umbrella is a registered charity. We fundraise around a quarter of our income or £170,000 each year to develop our vital work and continue to thrive. This is alongside Arts Council support and earned income from ticket sales and partnership funding.

Whether you are a generous individual, a trust and foundation or a business, by supporting DU you can help us to achieve our mission and secure our future.

To find out more about the ways that you can support us, please see the links on the right or get in touch at or 020 7257 9380.

Watch the below film to see the range of exciting work you could make happen. Take a leap with us.

Dance Umbrella, Registered Charity No. 277221