What we do

We support artists at all stages of their careers. We also work with a variety of partners to increase the visibility and impact of dance.

Artist Advisories

We offer monthly one to one Artist Advisories for artists living or working across the south east region and beyond.

Our team have a wealth of experience and are able to offer creative and practical advice to artists, at any stage of their career. Advisory sessions last 30 minutes and are available to all on a first-come first-served basis and by request.

To register your interest please email providing a short statement on what you would like to discuss. We look forwards to meeting you!

Please note: due to the high number of requests we receive, the response time to your initial enquiry may be two to four weeks. There may then be a waiting list for advisories with some members of our team. Thank you for your patience


Raquel Meseguer. Image © Stephen James Moore

Brighton Digital Festival

We are actively involved in Brighton Digital Festival - a month long celebration of digital culture that takes place each Autumn.

 As a contributor to Brighton Digital Festival (BDF), we celebrate the meeting of technology and dance in many ways.  In the past we have partnered with venues to co-present work, offered Artist Residencies, supported Research and Development, hosted Dance/Tech Hacks, shared work-in-progress and run our Audience Ambassador scheme.

Each year brings something different so please sign up to our mailing list for news on the next Festival, or follow us on social media.

If you have work that is rooted in movement & technology (in progress or finished) that may be of interest to us or BDF, please be in touch. Email a short introduction and link to:   

Whist. AoE. Image © Paul Plews

Dramaturg in Residence

Our Dramaturg in Residence programme offers different ways to engage with dramaturgy.

Dramaturgs support artists to develop thinking and vision as they create their work. Our pioneering Dramaturg in Residence programme aims to open up dramaturgy to UK dance like never before. Led by renowned dramaturg Lou Cope, the project began in summer 2015 with Guest Dramaturg Martin Hargreaves joining us in 2016 and Luke Pell in 2017. Artists are offered a range of options to engage: from weekend intensives to mentoring, workshops, online sessions and a number of collaborative models to support artists working with a dramaturg.

“Shake(s) the ground under your feet… (which) is exactly what an independent artist needs to keep growing (and) developing.”
Participant, TEST workshop

Supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. With partnership support from Dance4.


South East Dance is a member of the Dance Strategy Group (DSG), an informal network working together for the benefit of the subsidised dance sector in the South East. DSG provides a strategic voice for dance in the region and a forum for exchange and learning for its members. Together, we developed The Other Yellow Pages - an online resource where artists, companies and organisations can upload information about events and opportunities in their area.

South East Dance is also a founding member of the MOKO Dance national network, supporting the commissioning and touring of great performances for children and families.

In addition, through our South and East Dance Programmers network, we connect to our regional dance venues who programme a broad range of fantastic dance. 

Pebble Trust Flourish Bursary

A cash award to support continuing professional development for professional dance artists based in Brighton & Hove and surrounding area.

The Pebble Trust Flourish Bursary is a cash award of up to £1000, specifically for artists based in the Brighton and Hove area, and is open to professional artists at any stage of their career. The bursary is aimed at dance artists who wish to develop themselves and their careers, or evolve how they ‘run their business’. If you seek to push boundaries within choreography, or take risks, explore, delve and discover, this bursary could be for you. It is offered annually and is usually open for application in August.

The Pebble Trust have championed talent based in Brighton & Hove since 2009 and we are grateful for their support of local artists through this bursary.



Visit our Blog 

Take a look at our blog to see how former participants have responded to their professional development!

Alpha. Joe Lott Dance. Image © Imran Uppal

Producer Development Scheme

The producer scheme provided us with a focussed space, to learn and reflect with our peers, to build our practice and to meet industry professionals - this intimate and intensive learning opportunity, and the support felt from South East Dance as an organisation for independent producers, has been invaluable.
Victoria Eyton, 2017 participant

Our Producer Development Scheme is focused on supporting producers who are hungry to extend their producing knowledge within the dance world. This year we ran a five-day Producer Bootcamp, investigating the many different aspects of producing. Successful applicants contributed to the selection of topics being explored and sessions were led by South East Dance, partner organisations, independent artists and producers, curators and others working across the dance industry. A limited number of bursaries were available, as well as tailored mentoring support. 

Read the 2017 Producer biographies.

Supporting Partner: Hofesh Shechter Company

With thanks to: Fuel Theatre, Xavier de Sousa, Anton Mirto, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts,  Sarah Trist Dance Management, Dance Strategy Group and Arts Council England for their contributions

South East Regional Networks

We support networks & collectives across the region, who are developing and delivering professional development opportunities in dance. 

We are currently involved in a South East Regional Dance Networks pilot, supporting continuing professional development and the creation of links across the South East region between artists, networks and venues.  

For more information or to get involved, please contact your local dance network: Oxford Dance Forum, Junction Dance (Reading), Motus Milton Keynes, InStep (Kent), Brighton Dance Network, Surrey Dance Collective, Kent Dance Network or Grad Lab (Eastleigh/Chichester). 

South East Regional Networks: supported by Arts Council England and in collaboration with South East Dance, Move South East, Dancin’ Oxford and the South East Regional Dance Networks.  

Research Associates

We invite artists to become Research Associates because they are researching work that aligns with our values, vision and curiosities. 

 These distinct artists are bold, inquisitive and push their audiences to consider the world we live in, whilst exploring what dance can be. Alongside an offer of financial and other bespoke support, we work with them to develop an exchange. They share the ideas and artistic processes discovered in their research with us so that we learn from their curiosities and enquiries as well. Occasionally these creative encounters are open to the public. Please sign up to our mailing list to hear about upcoming opportunities.

Our current Research Associates are Jo Fong, Raquel Meseguer, Colin Poole, Vera Tussing, and Project O. 


Project O. Katarzyna Perlak and Claire Haigh. Design - Project O

The Other Yellow Pages

For artists, organisations and networks who work with dance and want to find out what is happening in the South East & East regions.  

Do you have workshops, classes, events, performances, opportunities, jobs, studio space or skills & services to advertise? Are you looking to find out what is going on with dance in your area? If yes, then this free resource is for you!

The Other Yellow Pages aims to bring all the information about what is happening in the South East and East regions into one easily searchable site – explore listings, upload information about events that you are organising, and check out what is happening near you.

The Other Yellow Pages is a Move South East initiative in association with DanceEast, hosted by South East Dance. 


By Ken Iizuka

The Red Line

If you are involved in making performance – as a choreographer, maker, dramaturg, producer or performer – this website if for you.

 Blast open the studio doors; Delve into the how (rather than the what); Reveal process. Challenge, demystify, share and learn... The Red Line is a website to spark and share dramaturgical thinking in the preparation, making and presentation of performance work. It is a place to explore where ideas come from, how others approach the studio, what mistakes people make and more… Get involved by uploading a blog about your process or reading those from other artists. And look out for exciting new content from our Dramaturg in Residence Lou Cope and Guest Dramaturgs Martin Hargreaves and Luke Pell. 

 Join the conversation at 


By John Hunter


10/07/18 Jamie Watton (1966-2018)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jamie Watton, our CEO/Artistic Director. Jamie died peacefully on Friday 6th July after a short illness. Click here for further information

27/06/18 Work with us - Assistant Producer – Participation

We are looking for an excellent project coordinator, with a proven ability to work with communities volunteers and people of all ages. Apply now

03/05/18 Read our latest newsletter - The I Am Issue

Featuring Interviews, updates, news, reflections and more. Read the Newsletter here.

22/02/18 South East Dance presents: undisciplined

A micro-festival celebrating contemporary performance with a choreographic edge, by artists and imaginative thinkers who are not bound by a specific genre. View all events

07/08/17 Green light signals all systems go on The Dance Space

South East Dance, Brighton and Hove City Council and U+I are delighted to have completed on agreements and announce the start of construction at the Circus Street. Read More

06/07/17 NPO Funding Success

South East Dance is extremely pleased to be awarded renewed funding as an Arts Council, England National Portfolio Organisation. Read More


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