Marina Studios - Inclusive In All We Do

Total raised £10,107

raised so far

+ est. £703.00 Gift Aid



Marina Studios are improving their dance space to allow for true inclusivity in all we do. Shaping the future for all communities.

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st October 2023 we'd raised £10,097 with 158 supporters in 91 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Who are we?

Brighton Marina Studios Foundation is the “front facing name” for Marina Studios, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) founded in 2013 with aims to provide an extensive and quality timetable of classes to the entire dance community across the south east and to work hard to bring opportunities to people of all ages from difficult or deprived circumstances, who would not otherwise be able to access these activities. As a multi functional creative space we offer our studios at competitive and community rates to support artists. There are occasions where we can subsidise the hire of our studio space for certain projects.                              

Why are we crowdfunding?

We are committed to being as diverse, equitable and inclusive as possible in all that we do. Achieving these aims is critical to our vision of ensuring dance is accessible to all with a positive and supportive culture. Through improvements of our dance space, workforce development training, community insight and your help we believe these goals can be achieved.

We are working closely with other funders and partners to achieve our goal, however through CrowdFunder, Sports England will match our project which will significantly help. Our current dance space requires improving and updating to ensure the facilities are accessible to all. We aim to reach 6 key communities that are often deprived of the ability to access dance and other creative opportunities: 

  • Young People
  • Additional Needs/ Neurodiverse
  • LGTBQ+
  • Older People (50+)
  • Female
  • Global Majority


Over the years we have been SO grateful for the community support on our extremely successful Crowdfunder's. With your support in 2021 we were able to purchase a brand new defibrillator and in 2020 we raised £6000 to support the reopening of the studio complex during covid with safety measures in place. 

Current Studio Space





Studio needs updating | Changing Room after flood | Reception too high for access

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How we’ll spend the money raised

We are pleased to have received grant funding from SCOPE to create an adult changing space which can be accessed and used by all and we are awaiting other funding applications to cover the main cost of the re-designed and re building our reception area creating a block of gender neutral change/cubicles.

We are working closely with relevant community partners and have established a clear timeline which we aim to complete in phases and we need your help to raise additional funds to implement the following: 

  • Changing signage to include bright colours, simple wording, braile and ensuring this is placed at a suitable height for all users. c.£1,500
  • Creating an artist/student breakout/sensory room for those who may need this. c.£3,500
  • Creating clear movement channels around the building for wheelchair users. c.£1,000
  • Highlighting these pathways with easy to follow floor designs c.£500
  • Offering multiple seating and table options with different heights, raised arms and bench seating. c.£2,500
  • Adapting the staff/reception area; lower desk, no imposing structures. c.£3,000
  • Adapting sign in process: lower height tablets, accessible fonts and colours. c.£750
  • Installing Hearing Loops. c.£1,500
  • Clocks: digital clocks to be added for easy reading. c.£250
  • Improving the images used to advertise the studios, making sure they fully represent the diverse community that is welcomed. c.£500
  • Build single cubicle change space and toilets to ensure they’re gender neutral and accessible by all £2500

More information here:

Community impact

Making Marina Studios a more inclusive space will have a huge impact by allowing all students of all abilities or disabilities to participate equally in our offered activities. This will give people the opportunity to spend time with one another, and share a common interest. This interaction supports the development of friendships, as well as social inclusion. Ultimately, it nurtures a society that gives everyone a sense of belonging through the power of dance. We will also be creating focus groups based at the studios to tap into the people who need their voice to be heard so we can achieve our goals as a collective.

How our project will be United by Birmingham 2022

We are aiming to be match funded by Sport England who's fund is linked to the United by Birmingham 2022 programme, which is about creating a local legacy and to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Their mission is to bring people together, improve health and wellbeing, help the region to grow and succeed and to be a catalyst for change. Marina Studios fully support their mission and would love to be a part of United by Birmingham 2022! We want to build a legacy of inspired, empowered and engaged dancers throughout Sussex. We're working hard to plant the seed throughout multiple communities working with organisations such as StopGap, Funding People, Team Domenica, Black Butterfly and more in Sussex to bring people together to create a positive mindset and a feeling of confidence and belonging. Our versatile timetable is suitable for ages 6 - 100+ which opens the door to hundreds of people looking for a reason to dance! 

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How you can play your part

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success! Every donation we receive means that as a charity, through Gift Aid, we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Fundraise for us. If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!

Thank you for all your support. The Marina Studios Team


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This project offered rewards

£3 or more

Join the Brighton Marina Thriller Flashmob!

JOIN THE SPOOKTACULAR SPECTACLE OF FRIGHTENING FUN ON 28TH OCTOBER 2023! This reward is a space in our private lesson learning Thriller moves on 11:30am-1:00pm at Marina Studios on Saturday 28th October and then you will be part of the marina flash mob! Dress up encouraged.

£5 or more

Marina Studios Water Bottle

Collect your branded Marina Studios bottle at your next dance class to keep you hydrated! RRP £8

£5 or more

Drop In Dance Class

Our studio timetable classes can be booked 7 days in advance. Take a look at our versatile timetable and enjoy your dance class! RRP £10

£10 or more

Have your name place on our Marina Friends Plaque!

Have your name place on our Marina Friends Plaque at our beautiful new & accessible studios to say thank you for your support.

£30 or more

Marina Studios T shirt

Receive a Marina Studios branded T shirt in a size of your choice - suitable to dance in! RRP £36

£34 or more

1 month Junior Class

A 1 month subscription to 1 style of your choice in our Junior timetable. For ages 6 - 10yrs Contact [email protected] to complete your subscription

£39 or more

Student Membership @ Marina Studios

If you're a student looking to join unlimited dance classes - this one's for you! Purchase now to start dancing ..

£50 or more

Unlimited Monthly Class Bundle

A 1 month subscription to Marina Studios in house classes. Valid for new customers only

£150 or more

Private Dance class for 2!

A Private dance class at Marina Studios with an instructor and style of your choice for 2 people. RRP £225

£5 or more

1 class @ Gravity Yoga, Brighton

Increase strength, flexibility, mobility as well as bringing you greater awareness of your body. It's a real mind-body-spirit experience. Class is every Wednesday 6 -7pm at the Dance Space, Brighton, BN2 9AS RRP £8 per class

£5 or more

Yoga, Pilates or Barre Class at Revitalise

Take your pick from Yoga, Pilates or Barre at this welcoming studio in the heart of Brighton and Hove. So, whether you’re just starting out on your wellness journey, or looking to deepen your practice, Revitalise is the studio for you. RRP £10 per class

£5 or more

Moyo's Burger Voucher!

Bad to the bun, brothers for life and always connected to our Soulfoo roots. Enjoy a full meal including any burger, chips and drink with this voucher. Show your Crowdfunder donation at the shop to redeem. RRP £14

£10 or more

2 Adults Bowling Pass @ Hollywood Bowl

Off you bowl... Bring your A game, go against your mates to score those strikes and win! RRP £16

£15 or more

£30 Quaff Fine Wine Voucher

Quaff supply their customers with wines, mostly from small producers, that you won’t find in other shops. Pop into their Brighton store to take your pick! RRP £30

£15 or more

Pub Lunch for 2 at the Master Mariner

Delicious Pub Lunch for 2 at the Master Mariner, Western Concourse, Brighton Marina 7, Brighton BN2 5WD. RRP £30

£15 or more

Brunch for 2 at Cherry Tree Cafe!

Cherry Tree is a cafe providing local produce, homemade cakes and a wide selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch items. Purchase this reward to enjoy brunch for 2. RRP £30+

£20 or more

£30 Laughing Dog Cafe Voucher

A family-owned award-winning Café and independent Home, Lifestyle, and Gift Shop, nestled in the heart of sunny Brighton Marina. At Laughing Dog, they are dedicated to supporting small and local businesses. Our passion for shopping small means that we strive to offer unique and locally-sourced products, carefully curated by our incredible team. Treat yourself!

£39 or more

DISCOVERY DAY OFFER - 20% Off Unlimited Membership

Enjoy 20% off your first two months of unlimited dance classes by purchasing this reward!

£40 or more

2 tickets to Alcatraz Bar Brighton!

An immersive bring your own drink experience inspired by America's most infamous prison. Discover their speakeasy cocktail bars in Brighton! RRP £80

£50 or more

Professional Headshot Session

1/2 hour professional headshot session with JJ Brady Creative. You will receive 3 final edits after your session. Perfect for performers or to spice up your LinkedIn profile! RRP £250

£100 or more

Aspects of Love @ Lyric Theatre Ticket, 16th Aug

This “Exquisitely produced and superbly performed” (New York Times) production takes you from the cobbled streets of Paris, through the French countryside to the splendours of Venice in a sweeping romantic story of passion, love, betrayal and heartbreak across three generations. Dress Circle Front Row Tickets. Face value: £135

£100 or more

Aspects of Love @ Lyric Theatre Ticket, 16th Aug

This “Exquisitely produced and superbly performed” (New York Times) production takes you from the cobbled streets of Paris, through the French countryside to the splendours of Venice in a sweeping romantic story of passion, love, betrayal and heartbreak across three generations. Dress Circle Front Row Tickets. Face value: £135

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