Déda is a Creative Centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Performance based in the heart of the cathedral quarter in Derby – connecting locally, nationally and internationally. Déda has 3 studios, a 124 seat theatre and produces Derby Festé - an annual international outdoor street arts festival. We are a band 2 Arts Council England National Portfolio organisation and a registered charity (1053633). We attract 54,000 visitors to our building each year.
Our mission is to deliver an exceptional programme of dance, contemporary circus and outdoor performance to as wide an audience as possible and be recognised for our outstanding contribution in the field of dance development and learning. Déda is proud not only of what we do, but of where we work and our role in raising the profile of Derby.
Déda was established in 1991 based at Derby Playhouse, in 1997 we moved to our current venue on Chapel Street and in 2008 changed our name to Déda. We have grown from being a small regional dance house to now being a nationally recognised Creative Centre with a BA(Hons) Dance Degree based in our building and an MA on track to begin in 2020, making us a true reflection of where 'education meets the profession’.