Welcome to Rees Dance.

Formed in early 2015, Rees Dance is a new contemporary dance company based in West Yorkshire, led by choreographer and artistic director Gavin Rees.

The Company seeks to develop and present cutting edge contemporary dance and provide entry routes for audiences who might not usually engage with dance.

The Company is committed to providing professional development and opportunities to develop skills and practice in a professional context for graduate and early career dancers.


Rees Dance is a contemporary dance company based in West Yorkshire and was established in 2015. The company was founded by Artistic Director, Gavin Rees, alongside creative partner/dancer Caroline Smalley. Together they wanted to offer an opportunity to recent graduates in the north of England. With support from: Yorkshire Dance, CAST Doncaster, along with funding from Grants for the Arts and Bradford Council, Rees Dance were able to embark on their first R&D project: Helium. The Company performed at Yorkshire Dance, Doncaster’s CAST in late 2016 as well as Alhambra Theatre in Bradford 2017, as part of the Exchanges Project. Helium marked a great start for Rees Dance.

Rees Dance are actively involved in contemporary dance projects across Yorkshire. One such project is Yorkshire Connection. The project is a collaboration between Ian Rodley, Dance Action Zone Leeds, aka DAZL, as well as Wayne Sables Project. The aim of the project is to provide the level of dance training only available at some of the country’s finest schools, to disadvantaged areas of Leeds. Culminating in a performance at Morley Town Hall. The project was a huge success, with a debut performance at The Riley Theatre, Leeds.

“It’s amazing to be a part of something that will have such huge benefits to these kids. We’re already seeing amazing results and can’t wait to continue and put on some great performances.” – Gavin Rees, Artistic Director.

Wayne Sables Project’s involvement in the collaboration has resulted in the production of a short film, which depicts the young people at DAZL, coming together through a passion for dance, in their own communities. Which can be viewed in our portfolio.

For more information on Gavin click here.

For information on the creative team click here.

For more information on their current projects and work click here.


One Dance UK Article

Young aspiring dancers of Yorkshire are set to dazzle audiences, in a number of performances across the region. These performances will be the product of an exciting new project, Yorkshire Connection: a collaboration between Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Rees Dance and Wayne Sables Project funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for The Arts. The …

Kala Sangam Residency

Since its beginnings in 2015, West Yorkshire based contemporary dance company REES DANCE has gone from strength to strength, producing exciting and thought provoking dance theatre, not only with the company’s five strong, professional dancers, but also with a younger generation of dancers and performers. Since November 2017, Rees Dance has been working on an Arts …


Welcome to the Rees Dance portfolio. Here you can gain an insight into our performance work and projects. With a combination of photos and videos we hope you can get a feel of our work.

Rees Dance began with Helium. For more information click below.


Yorkshire Connection is a collaborative project with Dance Action Zone Leeds, DAZL, Wayne Sables Project and Rees Dance. Click below for more information.

Yorkshire Connection

With new work on the way watch this space…


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