We provide a range of opportunities to support professional dancers, choreographers and teachers.
The Artist Development Programme invests in dance artists, working with them to develop and share their best creative work. We aim to support the growth of highly skilled and innovative artists who are equipped to work both creatively and sustainably.
We work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally with artists at all stages of their careers. We hope to excite, challenge and inspire artists to make work that challenges not only themselves and us, but also their audiences.
Through the support of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, artist Dan Daw will be joining South East Dance as our emerging artist Fellow. The BBC Performing Arts Fund is designed to support the next generation of performing arts talent - artists on the brink of becoming recognised but needing support to take the next step. Dan will be involved with a year-long programme of activity supported by South East Dance and the BBC PAF, designed to support him in his transition from dance performer to Artistic Director. We will be sure to let you know when there will be the opportunity to see Dan’s work or get involved with his fellowship! Read more in our press release here.
Experimental Encounters is a new initiative developed by South East Dance to enhance the understanding between our audiences and artists. We want to encourage dialogue between local audiences and artists we think are creating intriguing and experimental work. For this new project, we, along with partners Spring! Utrecht and Pilsen 2015 Pap-rna kulturní centrum, are working with artist Julian Hetzel, having been awarded funding in the framework of SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe. German artist Julian Hetzel, currently based in Amsterdam will undertake a research residency for his new work Sculpting Fear.
If you would like to find out more about Experimental Encounters please contact
Experimental Encounters is in the framework of SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe.
Our Established Artist Fellow for 2015 is Wendy Houstoun (click here to read more about Wendy and her thoughts on the Fellowship).
The Established Artist Fellowship is a one year scheme, which provides an established artist with support to reflect on their creative practice. The artist receives a financial and advisory package and the scheme is led by their artistry and enquiries. They support South East Dance in turn by offering ideas and thoughts on what we do, as well as the greater dance industry. The Fellow is selected by invitation from South East Dance. Our first Established Artist Fellow was Rosemary Lee.
The Flourish Fund offers a twice-yearly opportunity for dance artists working in the South East to pitch for funds to support their personal professional development. Artists are invited to pitch for any amount between £50 - £250 for anything that will help them to develop as a movement-based artist. This is open to people at any stage of their career. Please visit the Professional Development page for up to date details and application information.
This area of our work offers one off creative or skill development opportunities and master classes. Aimed at artists of all levels, these opportunities are generally open to the public although some activity is selection based. There is a nominal charge for most events that take place within this programme. Please visit the Professional Development page for up to date details and upcoming events.
We have held a number of artist consultation events across the region, listening to artists' thoughts about the support they need, and how best we might shape our Artist Development programme going forward. Thank you to all of you who attended and offered valuable contributions. Over the next couple of months we will be planning our next steps in direct response to what we've heard - watch this space! For the latest news regarding artist development opportunities, please be sure to sign up to ourmailing list and tell us what you'd like to hear about
Our advisories offer one to one sessions with members of the South East Dance team, to provide support for artists’ individual and specific needs. These sessions are organised on a monthly basis, first come first served. To register your interest please email
South East Dance has been working with networks and collectives across the South East to encourage the professional dance development opportunities across the region, in response to our Artist Consultation in autumn 2013. We are supporting activity throughout Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Milton Keynes, and Oxford. Please keep your eye on our social media where we share opportunities from these different local areas, collectives and networks.
We are currently working with Dance Strategy Group to develop a web based Artists Hub and Forum for the South East area. This will be a space to connect with opportunities, classes, performances and other artists throughout the South East. Watch this space!
ChoreoLABs offer an opportunity for artists to experiment with ideas, test possibilities or develop new work for a week, whilst providing a safe space to debate the needs and wants of the dance sector. We ask the selected artists to contribute to the planning or structure of their ChoreoLAB, thus creating a tailored programme benefiting from the skill sets and networks made available across the ChoreoLAB partners and the artists or collaborators involved. New work may emerge from participation in the ChoreoLAB, but the labs are not product driven.
To date, the ChoreoLAB programme has supported artists working within Integrated and Hip Hop dance, as well as British South Asian dance. The ChoreoLAB participants are usually selected through open call. Please visit the Professional Development page for up to date details on upcoming ChoreoLABs.
We host artist and company residencies in Brighton and at South East Dance Studios in Kent, often as part of larger projects. We are currently involved with Experimental Encounters, a new initiative developed by SED to enhance the understanding between our audiences and artists. We want to encourage dialogue between local audiences and artists we think are creating intriguing and experimental work. For this new project, South East Dance, along with partners Spring! Utrecht and Pilsen 2015 Pap-rna kulturní centrum are working with artist Julian Hetzel, having been awarded funding in the framework of SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe.
Former residencies have included those that were part of DanSCe Dialogues 2, a two-year project, which ran until 2014. This programme established a cross-border partnership across eight centres to promote and support the work and growth of contemporary dance artists and companies.
Please visit the Professional Development page or keep an eye on our social media for up to date details on new residencies that open for application.
Though South East Dance is not a funding organisation, commissions are occasionally offered to artists to support the making and delivery of new work. Decisions are made in line with our artistic policy. For more information please see our frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions