Phoenix Dance Theatre is the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside of London.
Since the Company’s small beginnings in 1981, it has grown to be a key Northern forerunner in contemporary dance and for three and a half decades has performed, educated and inspired people across the globe collaborating with international artists on a regular basis. In recent years this has included choreographic commissions from artists based in US, Israel, Switzerland and France.
Phoenix Dance Theatre employs 16 staff, 8 dancers, 58 freelance practitioners and 2 volunteers. The company commissions work from numerous artists each year, some of whom are Leeds based and some who stay in Leeds for the duration of their creative period.
Sharon Watson was appointed as the 7th Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in May 2009 and has since reaffirmed the Company’s core values through all of its activities whilst enriching and embodying the spirit of a multi-cultural Britain. Sharon was also recently appointed as independent chair of the steering committee, bidding for European Capital of Culture Leeds 2023 championing the pride of Leeds on the world stage.
Throughout 2016 the Company celebrates its 35 year of outstanding dance with a special anniversary tour celebrating the diversity and collaboration for which the Company has become internationally known.