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Flex Dance is a professional dance company of artists with a learning disability, autism or both. Flex Dance is the performance strand of TIN Arts, a National Portfolio Organisation based in the North East of England and one of the few specialising in inclusive dance with people of all ages.

Flex Dance creates original contemporary dance work by performers blessed with creativity, intimacy and a richness in expression and aims to develop original work which embraces strong dynamics, technical achievement and a strong bond between the viewer and the dancer. 

The company is led by Artistic Director Tess Chaytor, a lead dance practitioner in the North East bringing her years of participatory experience into her choreographic practice. Trained in Northern Contemporary Dance School, Tess has toured nationally as a performer and is a founder member of TIN Arts.

Flex Dance is primarily a dance company which invites audiences to view the created work as a piece of dance first and to then consider the achievements of the dancers through their disability second. 

All new works are a joint collaborative process between dancer, choreographer and viewer and strive to present all work with the highest production values. By devising and presenting movement of the highest standard, all performers demonstrate an honest integrity blessed with creativity and rich in expression. 

New works are influenced by and contain use of film, prop and contemporary dance. All pieces are distinctly separate yet enjoy common elements such as intimacy, expression and honest enjoyment.


Flex Dance is an Associate Company of Stockton International Riverside Festival


cAty wOMpuS


Commissioned by Stockton International Riverside Festival and premiered in August 2016 cAty wOMpuS is a medium-scale outdoor dance theatre production ready for touring in 2017.

cAty wOMpuS (translates as ‘Crooked’ in Hillbilly) is suitable for a family audience and features an integrated cast of dancers with and without a learning disability, autism and / or additional needs.

cAty wOMpuS has a stunning set with an original bluegrass soundtrack performed live. 




cAty wOMpuS is a home that has seen better days. Once this house was a place of full of laughter and brimming with the love of a complete family but things changes and those days long gone. Then that ferocious storm was the final straw, ruining the last memories of a happy past and now Pa has lost all hope. 

But what about the rest of the family for whom this is their childhood home and can still remember the happy days? Can they show Pa that with a new day comes fresh hope?

The Set is a colourful shack lifted straight out of the wild American outback made of steel, wood and junk.

The piece is 26 minutes long. It can be performed up to 3 times a day in daylight hours.

cAty wOMpuSrequires a performance space of 7.5m x 7.5m. The piece can be performed by indoors and outdoors. A build time of 5 hours minimum is required. A full technical specification is available. Please email flexdance@tinarts.co.uk to request it.

Short highlights on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/188818124

Full piece on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/183819155

Soundtrack on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tinarts

Image Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/tinarts/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1012214075558931



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