Liverpool dance company Movema will open a new studio in the former Cains Brewery and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help transform the space.
The company, which recently celebrated its seventh birthday, is looking to raise £3,000 to “fix-up” its new Movema World Dance Studio which will accommodate a varied programme of dance and fitness classes.
The second floor space in the Stanhope Street site will be unveiled when Movema hosts an open day on 29 April, followed by a week of free taster classes including Zumba, ballet, dancehall and yoga.
However the team, which has worked with organisations in the city including Africa Oye festival, LIPA and Mersey Care NHS Trust, has plans to develop the site further to provide two dedicated studios allowing local artists to rehearse and classes to take place, as well as office space for the team.
Rewards such as class passes and merchandise are being offered in return for donations through the online campaign.
Ahead of the opening of the studio, Movema director Ithalia Forel says: “Having our own dedicated venue has been a dream for such a long time.”
Fellow director Pei Tong adds: “We couldn’t have come this far without the support of the people who come to our classes and join in our big events, such as Africa Oye.
“Now, we’re looking forward to giving something back to the dance community in Liverpool.”