Accelerate - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


A Skills Development Lab

Accelerate is a new artistic and professional nine-month development programme for early-career dance practitioners, led by Yorkshire Dance in partnership with NSCD. Accelerate is supported by Leeds Dance Partnership with funding from Arts Council England.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday 23 July at 10am

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 – each artist will receive £100 per day for up to 20 days of development (a total stipend of £2000 to cover attendance of labs, a research residency week in the studio, mentoring and 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 your project idea
  • Fee to enable up to two additional dancers to collaborate with you during your research week
  • Access to mentoring from industry professionals
  • Opportunity to work with independent producers
  • 3 professional development labs

This opportunity is for early-career artists across all dance forms. 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 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 minority ethnic background, who are currently underrepresented in the dance sector.

For further details about this opportunity and to find out how to apply, please download the full application pack here.

Once you have read this information pack, click here to apply.

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