Dance centre funding blow

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THE future of a popular Lancaster dance company is under threat following a shock decision by its major funder Arts Council England to slash its funding by 70 per cent.

Ludus Dance, which is based in King Street, bills itself as the leading dance company for young people and first-time dance audiences in the UK and more than 400 local people enjoy its classes every week.

The company teaches dance to children, adults, the elderly and the disabled across Lancashire and performs in theatres, community venues, schools and colleges both nationally and internationally.

The Arts Council provided £302,000 of its £561,000 budget for the 2010/11 financial year, with the city and county council providing a further £51,000. But Wednesday’s bombshell announcement means that after a small cut in funding to £281,000 for the year from April, the Arts Council will reduce its grant to just £95,000 in 2012/13.

That amount will increase by just £2,000 a year over the following two years.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-04-11) for full story.