Dame Darcey joins Manchester dance board

Published: 8 February 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Darcey Bussell with Company Chameleon Credit: Joel Chester Fildes

Manchester dance company Company Chameleon is celebrating Dame Darcey Bussell joining its board as its first-ever Patron.

The British ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge got to know the company through collaborating with co-artistic director Kevin Edward Turner on BBC 2 documentary Dancing to Happiness.

Darcey Bussell said, "meeting Kevin and hearing his passion for Company Chameleon, it was completely clear there was a particular strength here… an inspiration. I like the individuality of the company, they show how expressive and physically provoking dance can be. I know how effective they are in reaching out and performing to so many communities, especially to the young. They share my passion for the positive impact that dance can have on people’s lives and their accessible dance style celebrates that dance is for everyone.”

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary celebrations, last year saw Chameleon expand its team, join Manchester City Council’s cultural portfolio and for the first-time, move into its own dance studio, next door to Rogue Artists’ Studios at the former Varna Street Primary School in Openshaw.