Resident Companies


Established in 1993 by Artistic Director Liv Lorent, balletLorent is one of the most distinctive dance companies constantly touring the UK with an exciting range of work for all audiences.  balletLORENT is now in its 2nd year of a three year funding agreement with the Arts Council of England who support them to deliver a programme of work for audiences of all ages in diverse settings with exciting collaborations.


Bare Toed Dance Company

Bare Toed are resident at and run regular classes at Dance City. The artists – Lynn Campbell, Rachel Kurtz and Jo Templey weave together their wide experience to offer playful movement opportunities and aerial dance performance for children and families. They also offer professional development for adults working with children.


Fertile Ground

Formerly Dora Frankel Dance, Fertile Ground, led by Dora Frankel nurtures, challenges, and aims to inspire the next generation of dance artists in the North East of England and beyond. The company aims to nurture, challenge and inspire dance artists, audiences and participants by creating and delivering exceptional, innovative contemporary dance works alongside an extensive participation programme.


Surface Area Dance Theatre

Surface Area Dance Theatre is led by Creative Director Nicole Vivien Watson is based at Dance City and operates throughout the wider North East region.  For the past six years the company members and participants have contributed to developing an original movement language that is formed by identity, reflecting the creative and social inspirations of the company. They have achieved this through dedicated periods of intensive research and development, the presentation of work through live performance, connecting with immediate and wider communities, cross art form collaborations and international exchanges.  Internationally the company has performed repertoire in Barcelona, Brussels, Sao Paulo – Brazil and Tokyo – Japan.


Company of Others
Company of Others is a dance theatre company based in the North East of England, led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Nadia Iftkhar. The company create work that highlight and share stories of the human experience drawn from the diverse communities they work with.


Pride Radio
Pride Radio 89.2FM broadcasts 24-hours a day across Newcastle, Gateshead, South East Northumberland, Sunderland North, South Tyneside and North Tyneside.
Aimed at – although not exclusive to – the LGBT+ community, the station aims to bring communities together by promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity.


Northern Pride
Northern Pride was formed in August 2007 and aims to “proudly promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender culture through public celebration of our heritage and engaging in education and cultural activities that enrich the community, whilst raising awareness of the issues LGBT people face, building mutual respect and working to end discrimination”