Our story began 10 years ago, on 16 February 2011...

It all started when seven former dance students from the London Contemporary Dance School performed Eliot Smith's first major work MISSA at Westminster Cathedral. This performance led to the formation by Eliot, in his home city of Newcastle upon Tyne, of Eliot Smith Dance (ESD), with the concept of bringing powerful contemporary dance to audiences in rural North East England and beyond.

10 years on, ESD remains passionate about bringing diverse and relevant contemporary dance to you with a series of events, including a new archival film 'HOMECOMING' featuring ESD dancers and artists past and present, an online exhibition, and more of our popular community engagements. There will also be a brand new work by Eliot Smith which aims to raise awareness of the impact of Global Warming and explore its emotional connection to humans. Alongside these will be brand new works by guest choreographers including Yamit Salazar in this, our 10th Anniversary year.

As we mark our 10th Anniversary with a year of celebrations, together we reached our £5,000 Crowdfunder target with BIG thanks to 52 individual supporters and the Newcastle Arts & Culture Fund (Community Foundation). This will help us to continue our work as one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the North East of England and bring our new and innovative dance performances and community engagements to audiences, both virtual and live, across North East England and beyond.

We are forever grateful to many dancers, artists, creatives, choreographers, photographers, collaborators, individuals, companies, trusts, grant-makers and friends for their ongoing generosity in support of ESD's work. Without them it simply would not be possible.


We are forever grateful to our supporters mentioned below for pledging their generosity in support of ESD's Crowdfunder, 'Celebrating 10 Years of Eliot Smith Dance':

Edwin Arias,  June Atkinson,  Anand Bhatt,  Rowan Julie Brown,  Lizzie Cookson,  Maria Corrales,  Judith Alison Davies,  Julian Filochowski,  Jan Gurney,  Rev Rob Hawkins,  Debra Hill,  Alan Jacques,  Sue Jenkins,  Teresa Kirby,  Heather License,  Anthony Loughlin,  Chris Luke,  Karen Mathieson,  Katie Neal,  Christine Oswald,  Leonardo Palacio,  Caroline Peacock,  Sandra Peacock,  Renzo Pini,  Vee Pollock,  E Raby,  Matthew Rooke,  Susan Rzepczynski,  Johanna Salazar,  Claudia Salazar,  Renson Salazar,  B Smith,  June Svenson,  Rachel Wicaksono,  Marcin Zamojduk,  Des,  Gabriel,  Lyndsay,  Rosalba,  Sergio and Nidia,  Anonymous  and the Newcastle Arts & Culture Fund (Community Foundation).



ESD 10 Year Collage on front and ESD logo on back

The limited edition ESD 10 Year Tee is made of 100% cotton heavyweight. Colour: Black. Unisex sizing.

Created as a celebration for ESD 10th Anniversary. Models in photo ESD Dancers Victoria Winter and Adam Davies.