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Paper Solo. Second Hand Dance. Choreography: Rosie Heafford. Photo by Zoe Manders.

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*NEW* MA Choreography and Professional Practice - University of Chichester

We are embarking on delivering on our first MA postgraduate qualification. The MA Choreography and Professional Practice course starts at the University of Chichester in September 2014. The programme has been designed and will be delivered by University of Chichester in partnership with South East Dance, enabling students to engage with us as a national dance development organisation and access a wide range of events, expertise, networking and professional development opportunities delivered both on and off campus.

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. The course includes compulsory modules: Choreographic Practices, Artist as Producer and Dissertation all of which can be practically based allowing you to explore choreographic ideas and interests through the planning, making and performing of new dance work. Additional, optional modules include: Dance Technique, Writing for Performance, New Media and Performance Practices.

Why Dance?

Why Dance? is an evidence based publication that serves as a tool to advocate for dance. Download Why Dance? or contact Rowena Price to receive hard copies.

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.

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
• 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)
Elizabeth Mischler (Artist Development Producer, South East Dance)
Gail Shock (Independent Producer)
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)
Tessa Howell (Independent Artist)

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 2016, are central to our vision to develop the infrastructure for dance in the region.

Face to Face 2012

Face to Face is for anyone working in or with dance. It aims to provide an opportunity for the dance sector in the South East to come together to discuss challenges, opportunities and development needs; develop skills/awareness; connect/ reconnect and network with peers, colleagues and potential partners. Last year, Face to Face took place at The Point, Eastleigh on Wednesday 28 November 2012. We are provisionally planning the next Face to Face event for 2014 - watch this space for news of further plans. If you attended Face to Face 2012, we would love to hear your feedback on the day: email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please contact us to find out more about what we do to advocate for dance.


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