Greenwich Dance’s new Chief Executive supports dance charity

Greenwich Dance has announced a new leader but it still remains homeless.

Melanie Precious has filled the vacant chief executive role and will start in September this year.

The organisation, which provides support and services for dancers, had been based at the council-owned Borough Halls in Woolwich Road for 25 years, but left on May 1.

Greenwich Dance also lost its funding from the Arts Council England last year.

Ms Precious said: “I do not foresee Greenwich Dance being without its own dance space for very long and I see this interim period as an opportunity for imagination, innovation and the development of deep community engagement and stronger partnerships.”

Ms Precious joins Greenwich Dance after two years as creative producer with Luca Silvestrini’s theatre and dance company Protein.

She said: “For me, community and professional dance are inextricably intertwined and the ecology of dance can’t be truly supported if an organisation chooses to focus on one alone.

“Therefore, alongside our community-based programme, we will continue to find ways to build upon the strong reputation Greenwich Dance has in the development of artists and their work.”

The Board of Trustees at Greenwich Dance said they were delighted that Melanie will be leading the organisation in a new exciting new phase.

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