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Talent Hub

The Talent Hub aims to transform the dance sector, enabling artists with a learning disability or autism to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers.

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About Talent Hub

The Talent Hub aims to transform the dance sector, enabling artists with a learning disability or autism to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers. A partnership with TIN Arts and supported by Inclusion North, the Talent Hub comprises of ten gifted and talented dance artists who have received individualized ‘wrap-around’ support alongside periods of intensive training. Alongside this training the dance artists have been working with renown choreographer Theo Clinkard on a new piece of work entitled HELM, which will debut in November at Dance City before going on a national tour in 2020.

In HELM dancers dive into dreamscapes and act out fantastical ways of being, unleashing their imaginations to construct a world of alter egos, rockstars, curious souls and fierce goddesses. Pulsating with a wildly diverse mix of music, the stage will transform into a place of endless potential, where a series of shapeshifting acts remind the audience that the only limit is the edge of the imagination’

Tickets for HELM will go live soon. Stay tuned for more information.

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The History of Talent Hub

TIN Arts, a leading inclusive dance organisation based in Durham City, in partnership with Yorkshire Dance, secured funding to launch The Talent Hub back in 2017. The partnership was awarded £390,000 from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence Fund in September 2017. Matched with further funding secured from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Talent Hub aims to provide a step change for the sector enabling dancers with a learning disability, autism or both to progress professionally into dance companies or emerge as independent dance makers.

Working across the North East of England and Yorkshire, The Talent Hub has recruited ten gifted and talent emerging dance artists. The ten dancers are being given individualised ‘wrap-around’ support alongside intensive periods of training, working with international artists to create new work for touring – profiling and distributing a new critical mass of distinctive, high quality significant work.

Beyond the three year lifetime of the Talent Hub the longer term ambition is that the programme will inspire the dance sector to be more inclusive of dancers with learning disabilities or autism and more likely to recruit, train, support and programme them and their work.

Both TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance have a proven track record of supporting dancers to develop their practice, nurturing talent and ability, placing the lead partners work at the forefront of inclusive dance practice.

Other partners include the Leeds Dance Partnership, the National Youth Dance Company, Dance City and Kala Sangam as well as other regional organisations from across the North East and Yorkshire.

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