London Dance Academy receives Culture Recovery Fund award

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that London Dance Academy has been awarded a grant as part of the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. 

  • London Dance Academy are honoured to be among 925 recipients across England to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Culture Recovery Fund.
  • This award will be a lifeline for London Dance Academy – with the support from the Arts Council and the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we can continue our legacy for the future of dance. 

More than £100 million has been awarded to hundreds of cultural organisations across the country including London Dance Academy in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

This grant will be crucial to LDA’s ongoing development, supporting our expansion into the digital market to provide consistency for our students, safeguard and create reliable work for our artistic practitioners and help our industry recover. 

With this grant we will be able to continue to develop ways for our business to operate outside the limitations of lockdowns. Our reach can now be worldwide whilst still benefiting our local community.

This grant will also enable us to subsidise future live events, such as our Gloria! Kabarett – a shining example of LDA’s values celebrating with our diverse community where young aspiring artists can perform alongside international circus acts. 

These events will employ over 150 artistic practitioners, production and tech staff and help bring our community back together post-lockdown. Gloria! 2020 was voted “one of the most uplifting moments for the LGBTQIA+ community” by the Press Association. 


The third round of funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from. Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Melissa Gray, CEO of London Dance Academy, said:

“We must continue to evolve so that traditional dance academies like ours do not become extinct.  London Dance Academy will continue to fire creativity through the power of movement. Art made us, now we make Art.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.


Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. 

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at