Give 35 for 35 Years

16 Feb 2016

Phoenix Dance Theatre is to launch its biggest ever fundraising campaign to celebrate their 35 birthday and to ensure the company’s longevity following a series of cuts to its core funding.


Keith Evans, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Chair comments:

‘This year we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Phoenix Dance Theatre. In a climate where funds are constantly reducing and other forms of investment are more competitive than ever, financially sustaining Phoenix Dance Theatre long in to the future is our greatest challenge. If Phoenix are to continue as the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside London, we need your support and we appeal to the public to get behind this inspiring company.’


Since the Company’s small beginnings in Leeds in 1981, Phoenix Dance Theatre has grown to be a key Northern forerunner in contemporary dance and for three and a half decades has performed across the globe educating and inspiring audiences through the medium of dance. The Give 35 for 35 Years campaign will encourage donations from members of the public to ensure the Company’s endurance following a swathe of cuts to the Company’s core subsidy which threatens the Company’s sustainability.


The Give 35 for 35 Years campaign asks for £35, £35 or £3,500; a donation for every year that Phoenix Dance Theatre has been entertaining, inspiring and educating.


As a registered charity, Phoenix Dance Theatre relies on financial support from a number of sources and it’s hoped that the impact of this campaign will support the creation of their critically acclaimed dance productions, which provides opportunities and employment for a range of artists, and extends the reach of their nationally recognised dance education programme to young people from a range of backgrounds and abilities.


Sharon Watson, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director said:

‘Individual supporters make a crucial contribution to our work. Whether as a one-off gift or a regular annual contribution, please ‘Give 35 for 35 Years’. Your help ensures that we bring the art form of dance to more and more people across the UK, including those who with little or no previous access to the arts. Phoenix Dance Theatre is a gem of the North, please give to ensure the Phoenix flame burns bright for another 35 and that there is always a place for contemporary dance talent in the North’

Our Current Supporters

To see a list of our Give 35 for 35 Years supporters – follow this link, here.

How to Donate

Give via DONATE ( to pay with debit or credit card.


Alternatively, text us a donation:

To give £5, text ‘PNX002 £5’ to 70970

To give £10, text ‘PNX002 £10’ to 70191

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Other Ways to Donate

Direct Debit/Standing Order:

Contact us using the details below and we will send/email you a form to fill out.


Made payable to Phoenix Dance Theatre, and sent to the postal address listed belowIf sending a cheque, please send details of your address so that we can acknowledge your gift.

Postal Address:

The Development Team, Phoenix Dance Theatre, 2 St Cecilia Street, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA

Contact Details:

The Development Team: 0113 236 8130