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Dance UK’s Launch in Leeds 2013

How to make a living in dance and how to have a long career

On Wednesday 23 October 2013, Dance UK and partners Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Leeds Metropolitan University Dance Department are hosting the annual professional development and networking day for dance students and recent graduates. This is taking place for the second time in Leeds.

Event details

  • Weds 23 October, 9am – 7pm
  • Yorkshire Dance & Northern Ballet
  • £25 Dance UK member price
    (including lunch and drinks)
  • £30 Full price
    (non DanceUK members)
  • book now

The packed day is designed to help young dance professionals starting out in their careers to choose and pursue specific roles in the sector, including teacher, manager, company dancer, independent choreographer and everything in between.

The audience for the day are current students in professional training or studying dance at university, and recent graduates who want to get ahead in their careers. The day provides seminars and hands-on practical advice from both emerging and established dance professionals, who have all had amazing careers both as dancers and in the other diverse roles the dance profession offers, including producers, dance scientists and educators.

The portfolio career is the reality for most dance artists and Launch intends to give an overview of the paths open to young dance professionals and how to access the variety of jobs on offer. Launch includes the chance to make new contacts and collect information.

The day will be expertly co-chaired by Rachel Krische, independent dancer and Head of Dance, Leeds Metropolitan University and Beth Cassani, independent choreographer, teacher and senior lecturer in dance at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Launch is set to inspire and empower a new generation of dancers and practitioners to better understand the nature of the dance sector in the UK and how to fully participate within it.

Sessions at the day long event will include

  • chat show with dance professionals from diverse backgrounds
  • introduction to finance for dancers and independent dance professionals
  • introduction to working in education and community dance practice
  • how to work with or become a producer
  • working as a choreographer
  • working in dance health
  • how to audition
  • how to write an Arts Council funding application
  • panel of emerging dance professionals who graduated from training in the last five years who will give their view of what to expect.

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The views expressed in blogs are those of the author and not necessarily of Northern Ballet.