Officially formed in May 2013 with Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) as the lead partner the Black Country Dance Hub (BCDH) was built on 10 years of dance development from 2003 with DPA. The ambition of BCDH was to expand dance further across the sub-region providing greater opportunity and an equal dance provision for children and young people across all 4 Black Country areas.

In 2015 BCDH moved to Walsall Arena & Arts Centre (formerly Forest Arts Centre) and became an Independent Voluntary Organisation in 2016 and a Limited Company in 2020.

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From 2016

BCDH has developed a Professional Dance Programme

Introducing a regular professional dance performance programme, creating new audiences for Contemporary Dance with wrap around education packages and curtain-raisers experiences. BCDH leads on bringing professional dance companies to the venue and placing them in schools, colleges and the community, working alongside children and young people to create a new dance culture at the venue, and attracting new audiences of all ages from the Black Country and the wider West Midlands.

February 2020“5 Soldiers”

Rosie Kay Dance Company

Curtain raiser performers
“5 Soldiers"

From Streetly Academy

A well developed

Dance Education Engagement programme

In schools and colleges, across the Black Country and wider West Midlands. We provide day and half day workshops, delivering the dance curriculum, providing after school dance clubs, creating choreography, designing and delivering bespoke projects, engaging young people at all key stages.

The Marketplace

Dance Workshop

with Dance Xchange

A Strong and extremely popular

Annual Dance & Careers Event

In partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. Every year 200 young people experience a day of workshops and marketplace visits led by exhibitors from dance organisations, companies, colleges and universities from across the country.

A Programme of

Dance Festivals

In partnership with Walsall Arena & Arts Centre, we produce 2 Annual Events for young people; Early Years Foundation Stage pupils and Primary Schools engage in a Festival Week of workshops and performances each summer with performance opportunities for high schools. A School and Community Festival held in November attracts over 150 performers from across the Black Country and wider West Midlands from schools, colleges, universities, community dance groups and companies.

Work in partnership

with other Dance Organisations

to deliver regional projects including workshops and site-specific performances.


by organisations

to deliver dance performances and workshops as part of community events in conventional and site specific locations.

Continued Professional Development


for teachers to support the school curriculum and to provide new skills and improved knowledge to develop their individual practice.

Black Country Dance Hub is passionate about?

...its work and we pride ourselves on delivering high quality dance experiences. We have a strong team of experienced dance artists who set high expectations of the children and young people they work with building confidence and achieving outstanding outcomes.

We are proud of the 2000+ young people we engage with each year through projects and professional performances.

Support Us

If you would like to support our work this is how your contribution may help

Meet the Team
Maggie Lewis

Jodie Stus

Justine Watkins-Fife

Nikki Elsner-Gummery


Dance Development Team

We have a team of highly skilled Freelance Dance Teachers & Artists that deliver a diverse programme of dance projects across all school key stages, colleges, universities and in the community.

Steering Group

The BCDH has a skilled and well established Steering Group representative of key personnel and organisations from the Arts and Cultural sector. The group advise and support the continued growth and development of the BCDH. 


BCDH is always keen to hear from freelance dance artists and teachers who can add to the expertise of our team. 


BCDH regularly engages volunteers to support dance events, festivals, Front of House, projects and workshops. We are grateful to the University of Wolverhampton for advertising these opportunities to students and welcome any dance enthusiasts to get in touch to add to the expertise of our team.


To provide children & young people from across the Black Country and wider West Midlands access to a rich Arts and Cultural offer that is accessible and inclusive.

To raise the standard of dance and physical theatre work for children and young people in schools, colleges and the community.

To provide children & young people with the opportunity to perform in a professional venue.

To provide children and young people access to professional dance and physical theatre as an audience member and workshop participant.

To support schools and colleges in their Artsmark or Arts Award journey, through targeted work with children and young people, providing CPD and practical help for teachers.

To work with a diverse range of partners across the West Midlands to increase the arts and cultural offer for children and young people from the Black Country.

BCDH Company Number: 12823542

Located at Walsall Arena & Arts Centre
Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG