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Performing Gender | Professional development opportunity for dancers

Performing Gender - Open Call for dancers

We’re looking for up to 10 dancers aged 20-25 to join us for the second part of Performing Gender this autumn.

During this phase, Yorkshire Dance will host one international artist, supported by our local dramaturg, Tanya Steinhauser. The artist will lead a professional development workshop with the selected dancers.

We are looking for:

  • professionally trained dancers aged 20-25
  • an interest and curiosity in gender, dance and activism
  • dancers no longer in education or training (with the option of a few exceptions)
  • dancers based in the Leeds area (with a few places reserved for people from further afield)

The selected dancers will take part in a seven-day professional development workshop from Sat 20 – Fri 26 Oct 2018 with a presentation of a short work in the evening on Fri 26 Oct 2018 at Yorkshire Dance.

Selected dancers will receive lunch and a stipend of £275 to cover expenses. There is a limited amount to cover travel costs for 1-2 dancers from further afield.

How to apply

You will need to complete a proposal in a format of your choosing.

We have provided some guidelines as to the kind of things we are interested in finding out.

 Tell us about you:

  • your CV with training, artistic background & interests
  • why you are interested in this opportunity
  • any links to videos of your previous work
  • your contact details
  • contact details of one professional reference who we may get in touch with

If you require any additional support or information regarding your application, please contact: tanyasteinhauser@yorkshiredance.com

Deadline: 10.00am, Monday 11 June 2018

If you are writing a proposal, please ensure the total word count does not exceed 500 words.

We also welcome filmed/recorded proposals.

Complete an application form here


Selection Process

The international artist leading this professional development in Leeds will be announced on 2 June 2018. (This will not be Sophie Unwin).

The artist will be involved in the shortlisting process together with dramaturg and project manager Tanya Steinhauser and representation from Yorkshire Dance.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application by 22 June 2018.


Performing Gender: Dance Makes Differences is a European dance project focusing on gender, dance and activism.

It is a two-year programme to provide European dance artists and professionals with knowledge, skills and tools to develop a new form of narrative for LGBT+ identities and gender identities in general.

In this project phase, dance artists from the UK, Italy, Slovenia, The Netherlands and Spain are developing their choreographic sketches together with five local dance dramaturgs.

In autumn, each partner will invite one of the dance artists to develop his or her choreographic sketch together with up to 10 young professional dancers and the local dance dramaturg.

The 5 artists are:

Sophie Unwin (UK), Natasa Zivkovic (SL), Roberta Racis (IT), Koldo Arostegui Gonzalez (SP) and Jija Sohn (NL).

There will be a chance to see their work-in-progress on Friday 1 June.

For more information about the Performing Gender – Dance Makes Differences project, go to: performinggender.eu

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