Point based dance company gets chop

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“Shocked and saddened “was the reaction of Lucy Frazer, Director of Eastleigh based Hampshire Dance to the news that they will receive no funding from April next year as the Arts Council announced £100 million worth of cuts imposed by the Lib Dem coalition government.

Hampshire Dance is based at the publicly funded Point theatre in Eastleigh – which itself has been running at a loss for some years.

The company, which claims it  has played to over 11,000 people in the last three years  promotes youth companies and young dancers  and employs nine people in Eastleigh-  but It was not clear if anyone would be likely to lose their job  as result of the cutback.

In addition to Arts Council sponsorship the company is also funded by Hampshire County council and has a close working partnership with the Point

In a statement released today chairman Peter Taylor said:

“The trustees and staff of Hampshire Dance have a substantial legacy of twenty years of innovative and exemplary dance development to protect and secure into the future.

We will be working with our other funding partners and stakeholders over the coming months to ensure that Hampshire continues to be an area of rich and vibrant dance activity”

There was bad news for another local company as well today as it was also announced that New Forest based theatre company ‘Forest Forge’ – who are due to stage a special free performance at the Point’s new sister theatre ‘The Berry’ on Monday evening – have also lost their funding.

In a statement on its website, the company say that arts council funding accounts for 30% of its income adding:

“The company will now spend time in discussion with Hampshire County Council and New Forest District Council, the company’s other core funders, to decide the best way forward for the organisation.”

The point Eastleigh

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