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South East Dance news update - November 2014

Hello and welcome to the November edition of our newsletter. We are busy planning for 2015, with a special focus on The Dance Space - look out for more on that soon. In the meantime, read on for some great news about our current projects and forthcoming highlights. Enjoy!

Latest News

Full steam ahead with Brighton Oasis Project

Brighton Oasis Project 'Bollywood' workshopWe are delighted to have appointed two dance artists in residence at Brighton Oasis Project (BOP). Local artists Anne Colvin and Laura Woods will jointly deliver a year-long creative programme of dance activity beginning in January 2015 - they will also provide family workshops where women and their children can work together, promoting positive parent-child relationships. The activity will be an introduction to dance, encouraging the groups to be curious about it and explore its possibilities; we hope the experience will also increase physical and mental wellbeing and build trust and resilience in individual women. Jo-Anne Welsh, Director of BOP, said: "It's a unique opportunity to understand how participation in dance might support recovery from substance misuse."
 

Can we afford to take risks? The reports are in...

Face to Face 2014 delegateHuge thanks to those who joined us along with our Dance Strategy Group colleagues for Face to Face 2014, both in person and digitally via our live stream and social media activity. The level of engagement with the debates on the day was fantastic, promoting some really juicy conversations focusing on 'risk' for us to collectively take forward; let's continue in this vein and strive to effect some positive changes within the dance sector. Whether you were involved on the day or not, there is some interesting reading in the reports from the event which were written by the attendees themselves. Download the reports from our website here, and do feel free to continue the conversations via Twitter using the hashtag #facetoface14.
 

New recipients for the third round of 'Flourish Fund'

Flourish Fund imageAs the popularity of our Flourish Fund continues to grow, we're very happy to announce the latest round of bursary recipients: Anita Wadsworth, Katie Dale-Everett, Emma Vernon-Harcourt, Liz Aggiss, Nikki Watson and Tamar Daly will all recieve contributions from South East Dance to support their development as artists. Throughout the next three months our support will be helping them to undertake a range of opportunities including personal and artistic mentoring sessions, creative courses, and improvisation film workshops. It has been great to see the broad approach so many artists and sector professionals are taking to continue their development - long may it continue!

Upcoming highlights

Bodies in Motion: U.Dance 2015

U.Dance performanceEarlier in the autumn we worked with University of Brighton, Eastbourne Campus to secure Grants for the Arts funding to deliver Target Dance 2015: Bodies in Motion. This is the South East regional selection platform for U.Dance 2015, the national youth dance festival taking place next July in Plymouth. Target Dance will take place on 9-10 January at The Congress Theatre in Eastbourne where eight groups aged 11-25 will perform their work; this is a brand new partnership with University of Brighton and we're really looking forward to how it develops - watch this space! Tickets for Target Dance are available at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk 
 

Hip Hop ChoreoLAB deadline fast approaching

Hip Hop dancerDon't forget that the deadline for the Hip Hop ChoreoLAB next spring is 9 January 2015. The lab, which is being delivered in partnership with Pavilion Dance South West, will be an opportunity for two artists to experiment with ideas and test possibilities with a collaborator of their choice over one week, without the pressure of producing a finished piece of work. Each artist will recieve a budget to cover fees, collaborators and expenses; plus producers from both organisations will be present throughout the lab week to offer support, advice and feedback. In addition, participants will take part in the Hip Hop Dance Summit at Pavilion Dance South West in May 2015. To apply visit: www.pdsw.org.uk 
 

Keeping you on your toes -Agile Fundraising training

Dance UK logoJoin us in Brighton on 20 January for Dance UK's Agile Fundraising session, led by John Nicholls, founder of Arts Quarter with over 25 years' experience working within the arts, charitable communities and creative industries in the UK and abroad. Designed by a dance professional for dance professionals, Agile Fundraising is a new training programme designed to unmask techniques to attract individual donors and help you become more confident in raising funds. You can find further information and book your place online for Agile Fundraising via the Dance UK website: www.danceuk.org 

Keep in touch...

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From all at South East Dance.

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