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Press Release: Leeds Dance Partnership appoints new Partnership Director

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For immediate release

5 January 2021


Lucy Dusgate appointed new Partnership Director for Leeds Dance Partnership


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Lucy Dusgate has been appointed the new Partnership Director of Leeds Dance Partnership, after previous Director Shirley Lundstram recently took up the role of Head of Programme – Heritage at Cause4.


An experienced cultural producer, Lucy joins the partnership from her most recent role as Art Programmer / Producer at The Lowry. She has extensive experience in delivering diverse and strategic programmes of art; developing cultural policy; consortium partnerships; fundraising; embedded learning; co-commissions; and large audience engagement across culture and public realm locations. Her past work includes two commissions with Phoenix Dance Theatre for NVA’s Speed of Light and Honour, two Motionhouse outdoor performances, as well as work with individual artists including Darren Pritchard, Dickson Mbi and Mac Daniel Palima. 


Lucy said: ‘I am delighted to be leading the Leeds Dance Partnership as we continue to build the city into one of the two national centres of excellence for dance. The support and talent of the partnership enables us to acknowledge our achievements to date and develop a future that is ambitious and encompassing for all.’


Mark Skipper DL, Chair of Leeds Dance Partnership, said: ‘I am delighted that Lucy has joined Leeds Dance Partnership to carry on the excellent work that Shirley Lundstram has delivered over the last three and a half years. Lucy brings to us a vast range of experience as a Creative Producer with lots of international connections and I look forward to seeing how the Partnership develops under her leadership in the coming years.’


For more information about Leeds Dance Partnership, please visit leedsdancepartnership.com.


Notes to Editors


Leeds Dance Partnership

Leeds Dance Partnership (LDP) is made up of six major dance organisations (Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Yorkshire Dance) and a representative of the independent dance sector (João Maio). 


Leeds is home to internationally acclaimed dance companies, the only dance conservatoire outside of London, major universities and a wealth of independent artists who make work for national and international touring and deliver high quality engagement work in communities across the city. LDP works to support, promote and unite dance organisations in and around Leeds to put a global spotlight on the city’s dance ecology combined with a commitment to driving diversity, ambition, skill, talent, export and research.


Photo Lucy Dusgate 

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