Ullapool Dance Ltd was set up by two local volunteers to deliver a dance festival for the people of the North West Highlands of Scotland.
For many of those first attendees - 95% local people - this was their first ever experience of dance classes or live dance performance.
After six annual festivals the event is much anticipated by people of all ages, abilities and sectors of the community and has built respect within the professional dance world.
During the rest of the year there was almost no provision for dance, either participation or performance, across the whole North West Highlands.
We are building on the significant level of demand now coming from the community and thanks to support from Creative Scotland and The Robertson Trust we will now be delivering dance opportunities throughout the year whilst simultaneously growing the annual flagship Ullapool Dance Festival.
How Do We Define Dance?
The Ullapool Dance company definition of dance is inclusive and all-embracing.
We are driven by a welcoming, open-minded, approach informed by market research, customer feedback and government policies.
We include classes, performances and events; from ceilidhs to nightclubbing, ballet to hip hop, traditional to experimental, amateur to professional and everything in between.
“Everybody in the North West Highlands enjoys dancing”
What we plan to achieve:
To create access to high quality dance tuition and performance opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in the North West Highlands with the attendant benefits for creativity, learning, health and communities.
To ensure that dance achieves parity in the cultural life of the North West Highlands alongside music, visual art and literature.
To establish the company as the recognised leading provider, co-ordinator, support and knowledge base for dance activities in the North West Highlands.