Exim Dance Company is a Plymouth based award winning Dance Company known for their fresh and vibrant approach to making dance accessible for all. Exim has established itself as an exciting company of artists & practitioners in the South West of England, creating professional Dance Theatre and Educational Outreach Pathway Programs as well as extensive weekly services in the local community. Exim exists to provide opportunities for ‘At Risk’ young people to participate in socially engaged dance classes.

We are passionate about using dance to help vulnerable young people, breaking down the ideological barriers that surround dance, holding inclusivity at the heart of all of our work. To do this we believe that as well as delivering our own programme of work we must also provide high quality training and opportunities to students and professionals wishing to work as dance practitioners. The majority of Exim’s community work is delivered in deprived areas of Plymouth, with a high focus on mental health and well-being through a personal centred approach.

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Communities Together Session

2019 has seen Exim Dance Company selected to be apart of Active Devon ‘This Girl Can’ national campaign and Artistic Director, Laura Nightingale has been selected as a Devon Girls Can ambassador & received professional business development training through Women’s Resource Centre London and was chosen for the 2018/19 cohort and presented at The House of Lords March 2019. October 30th 2019, Exim Dance Company premiered their new professional work ‘MARKED’; choreographed by choreographer Adam Benjamin with dances at The House Theatre, University of Plymouth then headed to Italy in November to present at ‘Se io fossi te Incontri Internazionali su Arte e Abilità Differenti IV Edizione Festival’. MARKED will be commencing a tour nationally and internationally from April 2020.

Exim professional company toured internationally in 2018 to Spain, Moscow and South Korea. 2017/2018 Exim were selected to take part in the innovation programme through Real Ideas Organisation to develop the company into a social enterprise. In 2015 Exim Dance’s Intern won Intern of the Year at the National Awards for Creative and Cultural Skills. In 2015 Exim Dance were awarded a special commendation from Grads for Growth for their work to develop graduates.

What we do and offer

  • Community & Educational delivery
  • Mentoring & Training
  • Deliver career talks and business development programs to students and professionals
  • Professional Integrated Touring Company
  • Work experience/Company shadowing for students and those interested in the arts
  • Apprenticeships and Internships with our partners City College and University of Plymouth
  • Community Hiring Facility (Exim Dance Space)