Our mission is to raise the profile of dance in Essex and further afield. We seek to do this through the provision of affordable high-quality dance delivery for local communities, individuals, schools and young people more generally.


We seek to:

  • increase the opportunities available for everyone in the community to engage in dance

  • encourage happy and healthy lifestyles through dance activity by promoting self-esteem, confidence, mobility and general fitness 

  • widen aspirations by providing both performance opportunities and the opportunity to be part of a community audience

  • enhance the quality of dance provision across the county by offering support in schools and through professional development programmes and qualifications

  • build a coherent and progressive dance future for Essex and its neighbouring counties

  • (above all) have fun dancing!

"Well organised, delightful people, good food and good workshops. WELL DONE! Coming to Essex is always a pleasure."


Sue Goodman

Artistic Director - Step into Dance



"Thank you for such a lovely and yet another relaxed day."


Elsa Urmston

CAT Programme Manager - DanceEast


 "The performance we did was a great opportunity for everyone... it gives us a taste of the dance world"

Primary Student aged 10

Keeping Dance Alive 2017


"Great to work with other teachers who share our passion for dance."


Sophie Gregory 

Teacher  - The Colne Community School





"Big thumbs up from Richard Alibon, we appreciate all of your hard work and organisation"


Bobbie Gargrave

Teacher -  Richard Alibon Primary School


"Great organisation, very positive and encouraging."

William Searl

Teacher - Colchester Academy

The Dance Network Association is passionate about offering a wealth of dance participation and education to local communities in Essex and its neighbouring counties

Gemma has always had a passion for dance and continued this love by studying Performance Studies at the University of Northampton and then completing her dance teaching qualifications at Trinity Laban.

Gemma’s background in arts management includes posts at the Royal Academy of Dance, Trinity Laban and DanceDigital. Gemma has also run her own dance school that specialised in teaching dance for the early years and in which she created her own methods of delivery and continues to test and research through our early years programmes.


Gemma’s background has helped her to develop a wide understanding of the positive impact dance can have on people’s lives and in turn, motivated her to form The Dance Network Association.


If you are interested in talking to us about how to create dance projects, mentoring, any of our research OR if you are interested in delivering in collaboration please contact her she would love to grab a coffee.  

Gemma is also your go-to for media enquiries and finance.

E: gemma@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk 

T: 07479 197 993 

Contracted Days: Tuesday - Thursday 

Gemma Wright
Artistic Director


Lyann has worked in community settings for over 18 years within housing, education & training and arts organisations, project managing & facilitating training programmes for socially excluded, unemployed and disabled people across East London and Essex.  


Lyann currently works part-time for Dance Network, generally doing anything that is thrown at her! Never wanting to be on stage, Lyann was a founding member of Chain Reaction Youth & Community Theatre, producing and eventually performing in and choreographing many shows over 10 years. Knowing how much confidence the arts brought her personally, Lyann believes in bringing creativity to all, enabling everyone to develop and grow into their ambitions and dreams.

Working with The Dance Network Association has allowed Lyann to be involved with a dynamic and inspirational organisation who, with a can-do attitude, are shaping the way dance and movement is seen into this new decade. Exciting times ahead!

Away from Dance Network, Lyann enjoys everything the outdoors has to offer, is often found walking, running or horse-riding out in the fresh air.

E: lyann@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk 

Contracted days: Friday 

Lyann Kennedy 
Director of Finance and Communications 



We currently do not have any positions open in the administration team 


We are, however, looking for support artists and volunteers - please email gemma@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk with a copy of your CV, interests and availability. 


Photographs throughout this website (unless otherwise stated) are courtesy of our Associate Photographer:  Rachel Cherry  http://www.rachelcherry.co.uk

© 2015-2020 The Dance Network Association CIC, Company Number 09866120.


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