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Accelerate: Skills Development Lab

VERVE © Nicole Guarino, courtesy Northern School of Contemporary Dance (crop)

Accelerate: Skills Development Lab is a new artistic and professional nine month development programme for early-career dance practitioners, led by Yorkshire Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance, funded by Leeds Dance Partnership.

The programme is designed to support eight dance artists who have been practising professionally for up to three years, and who wish to develop their artistic and professional practice in the North of England. Accelerate aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to develop as independent artists. This is a paid opportunity and each artist will receive £100 per day for up to 20 days of development (a total stipend of £2000 to cover attendance of labs, research residency week in the studio, mentoring & other development days) across the duration of the programme.

The programme will be delivered in Leeds and includes:

  • A week-long residency for initial research into project idea
  • Fee to enable up to two additional dancers to collaborate with chosen artist during research week
  • Access to mentoring from industry professionals
  • Access to working with independent producers
  • 3x professional development Labs

This opportunity is for early-career artists across all dance forms, who wish to continue to build an artistic career in the North. The programme will take on eight individuals, six currently living in Leeds and two living in the North of England (North East, North West and Yorkshire), who will be supported by a small travel grant. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and also have a registered UK bank account.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as women. We also welcome applications from people from a Black, Asian or a minority ethnic background, who are currently underrepresented in the dance sector.

For further details about this opportunity, including how to apply, please download the full application pack here.  Application deadline: Tuesday 23rd July at 10am

Once you have read through this information pack, please follow this link to apply via our online application form.


Image: © Nicole Guarino, courtesy Northern School of Contemporary Dance






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