British annual dance festival, based in London, and presenting modern and post-modern dance. Its first programme was organized by V. Bourne in 1978, at the request of the Arts Council, and its success led to a rapid expansion. The London management team went on to organize similar festivals in other towns (e.g. Woking and Newcastle) and promoted national tours by visiting artists. Bourne remained director until 2007, when she was succeeded by Betsy Gregory. Boston (US) also ran an annual Dance Umbrella festival between 1980 and 1999.