Dance in Devon has appointed Sue Smith as its new Executive Director. Sue will take up the post in January, following the retirement of Gillian Dale who led the organisation for eight years.
Sue takes over as the organisation has been awarded an Arts Council England £79,000 Grants for the arts award for a two year project, ‘Closer To Home’ which will deliver a programme of dance activity face-to-face and through the virtual world. The project aims to make dance more accessible for people, wherever they live in Devon.
“I am delighted to have been asked to lead Dance in Devon into its next phase of development, and to support the dance that takes place across our county. Working with our small but dedicated team I look forward to new creative collaborations and partnerships to develop our reputation as an advocate of high quality dance in Devon and as a robust voice for dance nationally.
“The next few years will see our exciting new projects unfold, building on our pioneering work with older people and the dynamic youth dance in the region. We will also introduce our new initiative for disabled dancers. The continuing support for established and emerging practitioners underpins these strands and will remain at the core of all our work.
“I look forward to working with our vibrant, thoughtful and motivated dance enthusiasts to keep dance in all of Devon flourishing.”
Sue has worked as an independent dance artist in Devon and Plymouth since 2003. She was a Rayne Fellow 2006 and was Dance in Devon’s first Dance Champion. Sue was a member of CandoCo Dance Company and has danced in works by Emilyn Claid, Siobhan Davies and Complicite and as a teacher has worked extensively across the UK and internationally.
Sue has worked for The Council for Dance Education and Training and Yorkshire Dance and has developed dance courses for CandoCo Dance Company and Leeds Metropolitan University. She was a choreography lecturer at Dartington College of Arts and continues her relationship with Falmouth University as a PhD candidate. Sue is passionate about the potential of accessible, high quality dance to reflect and reveal real lives across the broadest spectrum of experience.
For further information please contact Sue Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org