About RKDC

Brave new dance that thrills and moves people

Rosie Kay Dance Company creates brave new dance in Birmingham that tours to audiences at home and abroad. We thrill and move a diverse public with relevant, important, political and meaningful dance responding to contemporary society. We engage participants from the hardest to reach parts of society and treat them as future professionals. We believe that watching or participating in dance has the power to transform hearts and minds.

“Rosie Kay doesn’t do things by halves.”

The Guardian

Rosie Kay

The company exists to nurture and promote the talents of award-winning choreographer Rosie Kay who trained at London Contemporary Dance School, creating solo work while performing professionally in Poland, France, the US and Germany, before forming Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2004. Rosie is academically recognised having been the first Leverhulme Artist in Residence to the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. She has a reputation and appeal for commercial work including choreographing the hit film Sunshine on Leith and the Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony 2018. Rosie is also an experienced and respected teacher, mentor and speaker.

The Work

RKDC has a reputation for making bold, original and exciting works that challenge perceptions and take on innovative subjects. Highly physical, with astute performances and intense athleticism, we make works that excite audiences with a visceral experience they feel in their bodies and minds. We aim to connect with our audience and are interested in building new audiences and attracting people who may have never seen first-rate contemporary dance before. We make a dynamic range of shows, always exploring in exciting ways what dance can be and how dance can be presented.


RKDC is based in Birmingham where new works are made and premiered through partnerships with dance organisations and theatres before touring the UK and abroad. The company is based on a strong partnership between Artistic Director Rosie Kay and Executive Director James Preston with an established team of freelancers contracted for each project.


Rosie Kay Dance Company

  • Based in Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Awarded Best Independent Company at the 2015 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (also nominated 2012 & 2017)
  • Proudly part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s Associate programme which supports exciting established artists and companies to achieve their ambitions.
  • Became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2018
  • Rosie Kay is a Research Associate to the University of Oxford School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography