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Vertical dance is an exciting, emerging form of dance that typically uses rock climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses and abseil devices) to suspend dancers off the ground on a range of vertical surfaces.  It takes place in a variety of locations, from theatres and their foyers to the outside of buildings and rock faces. Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence (VDKL) are one of a limited, but growing number of companies worldwide specialising in this new dance genre.  Artistic Director, Kate Lawrence has 30 years experience as a dance artist and 15 years specialising in Vertical Dance.  The company was constituted in December 2014 for the promotion of arts activities and builds on Kate’s collaboration with rigger Simon Edwards. We are proud to live and work in North Wales and are strongly committed to working with local people.

Latest news

Performance of Gwymon at Millennium Centre, Cardiff at British Dance Edition on 15th March 2016.  

27th/28th February 2016: Beginners/improvers vertical dance intensive at Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon – email k.lawrence1964@gmail.com for more information


Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence

creates bespoke and self-generated vertical dance performance projects in non-theatre and theatre locations with a wide range of participants

provides training in vertical dance locally, nationally and internationally

responds to commissions and consultancy work in the area of vertical and site-specific dance

networks with vertical dance artists nationally and internationally, advocating good practice within the sector and promoting understanding of this emerging form of dance


Support and Funding

VDKL gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council Wales, Dawns i Bawb and Venue Cymru, where we are company in residence. Our training space is at Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon. We have received support from a range of other sources for specific projects; this is acknowledged on the pages about specific projects.