We raise the profile of dance and enhance the conditions for more, bolder and better dance to thrive.
Dance Strategy Group (DSG)
The Dance Strategy Group (DSG) provides a strategic voice for dance in the South East and a forum for exchange and learning for its members. It aims to lead dance development in the region and to strengthen the infrastructure for and provision of dance through projects and partnerships.
DSG is a network made up of experienced professional representatives working across dance in the South East. Members contribute as individuals rather than to advance the objectives of the organisations for whom they work. DSG aims to be a priority and action driven network, led by those working with, or in, dance.
Membership of DSG currently includes project funded and national portfolio organisations, venues, local authorities, producers, managers, education providers and funders.
Currently our priorities include:
• Face to Face conference
Face to Face 2014 was hosted by Dance Strategy Group at Sadler's Wells on 7 November 2014. Facilitated by Improbable Theatre, the day was an 'open space' event with the over-arching theme 'the future of dance: can we afford to take risks?' Around 80 members of the dance community came together for a very successful and stimulating day, steering conversations and debates to explore the most pertinent issues of the day. Click here to read the reports which arose from the provocations covered (writen by the delegates themselves).
• Big Dance
• An audience with…Seminar Programme
• Workforce development
• Space directory
• Collating and sharing dance audience development methodologies and data
DSG is an informal and un-constituted group that is managed and coordinated by South East Dance. DSG is responsive to the needs of its members, who collectively set the agenda in line with perceived sector need. If you would like to propose ideas for discussion by the group, please contact one of the current members listed below.
Cath James (Programme Director, South East Dance)
Cathy Childs (Head of Dance Department, University of Chichester)
Claire Morton (Morton Bates Arts Services)
Claire Thompson (Arts Officer, Dance and Theatre, Oxford City Council)
Colette Hansford (General Manager, Hofesh Shechter Company)
Denise Perry (Dance Relationship Manager, Arts Council England)
Becky Edmunds (Artist Development Producer, South East Dance)
Helen Shute (Executive Director, Hofesh Shechter Company)
Jamie Watton (CEO and Artistic Director, South East Dance)
Joe Bates (Morton Bates Arts Services)
Judith Hibberd (Administrative Director, Vincent Dance Theatre)
Ken Parry (Development Director, Dance Up)
Kirsty Sulston (Public Programme Producer, South East Dance)
Lou Rogers (General Manager, Stopgap Dance Company)
Rebekah Jones (General Manager, Jasmin Vardimon Company)
Sacha Lee (Creative Producer, The Point)
Sam McCaffrey (Executive Producer, Dance Woking)
Sho Shibata (Company Producer, Stopgap Dance Company)
University of Chichester MA Choreography and Performance Practice
We are working with the University of Chichester to contribute to their new MA Choreography and Professional Practice course, which started in September 2014. The programme has been designed and will be delivered by University of Chichester, with South East Dance developing the Artist as Producer module which we will contribute to in February 2015. In this new way of working for us, we're looking to enable the students to better connect with us as a national dance organisation and to help prepare them for a career in the dance industry.
The practice-based course explores choreographic methods and approaches, and encourages students to position themselves as artists within the U.K and European contemporary dance scene.
Dance Programmers Network
Dance Programmers Network is a new initiative delivered in partnership with The Point, Eastleigh, bringing together programmers interested in presenting and commissioning dance within the South East.
Kent Dance Teachers Network
Kent Dance Teachers Network aims to support dance teachers across the county who will come together to network, share information and develop skills.
Space for Dance
The South East region is home to approximately 23% of England's dance workforce. South East Dance Studios in Kent and The Dance Space, a new build in Brighton scheduled for completion in 2017, are central to our vision to develop the infrastructure for dance in the region.
Please contact us to find out more about what we do to advocate for dance.