Hereford Dance Company’s aim is to transform an iconic building in the city

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Dance charity HEREFORD has been awarded £100,000 to help transform an iconic building in the city into a dance hub accessible to all.

Dance company 2Faced moved into the former Grade II listed Gaol Street Magistrates Court in Hereford just before the first nationwide lockdown of 2020.

Now renamed the Center of the Movement, the prison cells have already been turned into locker rooms while the former judge’s bench is now a studio.

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The investment from ACE’s equity investment fund will support the leading dance company‘s plans to make the venue more accessible to allow for greater collaboration with performers with disabilities and easier access for the local community.

The Center for Movement currently hosts an inclusive weekly dance class and the space is used by local collaborator Kris Saunders, a wheelchair dance artist.

The grant is also invested in enabling the company to reduce its impact on the environment, investing in an electric vehicle, LED lighting and bike racks allowing the dance company to be more sustainable at home and in tour.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “World-class creativity and culture need a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish.

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Through these investments in the buildings, equipment and digital systems of cultural organizations across England, we are helping to secure the future of this infrastructure and ensure that people in all parts of the country can continue to enjoy all the benefits it offers for years. to come.”

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips, who has a home near Leominster, is patron of dance company 2Faced and said accessibility is at the heart of everything the charity does .

She said: “This investment will help us bring artists with and without disabilities closer together as well as expand access for visitors.

“Obviously in a listed building which posed some challenges, but we’re really excited about the plans and can’t wait to welcome everyone to the Center for Movement.”

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