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Dance Partner Projects 2024-25 | Artist opportunity

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Dance Partner Projects 2024-25


Deadline: Monday 13 May, 12:00noon 

We are seeking applications from artists based in the North of England to take part in our Dance Partner Projects 2024-25. 


About Dance Partner Projects  

Dance Partner Projects is open to artists who live or create work in Yorkshire or the North of England. The programme aims to provide dance artists/ companies at different career stages with an opportunity to research and develop a new or early-stage artistic project. 

The 3 artists or companies selected for Dance Partner Projects will benefit from: 

  • £3,000 seed funding to be used as match for a funding application or to cover a research residency 
  • Up to 3 weeks of research time in our studio. 
  • Support from Yorkshire Dance’s Artist Development team. For example to support project development, producing, fundraising, connecting with specific participants or audiences, dramaturgy etc. 
  • The potential opportunity to present work-in-progress at our annual No Dress Code scratch night. 
  • The opportunity to show work within our Encounters Festival programme, where thematically appropriate and dependent on timing. 


What we are looking for 

We’re passionate about supporting dance artists who ask questions of themselves, their work and of the world. We help artists to develop the right contexts for their work, be that theatres, outdoor or other non-theatre contexts. 

We aim to add significant value to your proposed project, therefore we are looking for project proposals that align with one or more of Yorkshire Dance’s programme strands: 

  • Work for or with early years (0-5 years) 
  • Work which is co-created with intergenerational groups of people 
  • Work exploring themes of age and ageing 
  • Work developed by or with members of the LGBTQIA+ community 

 Yorkshire Dance believes that the climate crisis is one of the major issues facing our world and society at the current time. Therefore, we are particularly interested in projects proposals that have a low environment impact and/or aim to instigate positive environmental action. 


Supporting access for dance artists with a learning disability and/or autism 

Through our ongoing partnership with Tin Arts, we are committed to supporting one artist with a learning disability and/or autism through this programme. In addition to the support outlined above, this artists/ company will benefit from: 

  • An additional £1000 to support access costs 
  • Support to create a plan with longer, slower processes for making work where needed. 
  • Support to identify access needs and create an access rider if required. 
  • Connecting into a network of other artists with a learning disability or autism in the North East and the North West 

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Selection for Dance Partner Projects  

 Proposals are selected by a panel with artist representation through an open call process which takes into account: 

  • The originality & strength of the artistic idea 
  • Your track record so far and development aims 
  • How well your work connects with Yorkshire Dance’s programme strands outlined above 
  • Where you are based (this opportunity is only open to artists based in Yorkshire or the North) 


Decision timeline 

  • We will contact all shortlisted artists/ companies by Friday 24 May to arrange an informal chat to find out more about your proposal 
  • All conversations with short listed artists will take place by 31 May 2024. 
  • We will notify all selected artists by the middle of June at the latest. 


How to apply 

Please complete and submit the form below (note this form cannot be saved so you may wish to draft your answers first before copying these into the form).  

You can also film or audio record yourself answering these questions. To submit your application as a video please send a file via We Transfer, Google Drive or Dropbox to tammytsang@yorkshiredance.com  

If you have a question about Dance Partner Projects and would like to speak to a member of the team, please email Tammy Tsang at: tammytsang@yorkshiredance.com or call us on 0113 243 9867 



Image: MESH by Vanessa Grasse (c) Vanessa Grasse

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