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

South East Dance offers monthly one to one Artist Advisories. Each session is designed to provide support for artists’ individual needs. Our Producers have a wealth of experience both in community & participation work and artist development, and are able to offer creative and practical advice to artists, at any stage of their career.
To register your interest please email Janine Fletcher – providing a short statement on what you would like to discuss.
 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.

Brighton Digital Festival

South East Dance are actively involved in Brighton Digital Festival - a month long celebration of digital culture that takes place across Brighton and Hove in September and October.

In 2017 we are supporting 3 exciting pieces:

WHIST – A one-hour experience that merges Physical Theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies in the form of an art installation.

CAMOUFLAGE - A virtual reality and dance installation which gives its participants playful immersive experiences of the game of hide and seek.

DIGITAL TATTOO - In a society obsessed with the digital, “where instead of being famous for fifteen minutes, we are only anonymous for that long” (Juan Enriquez), Katie Dale-Everett Dance the results and patterns of our online actions.

For further information and to attend, please visit our events page.

In 2016 we:

Held our first Artist Residency with Brighton tech company Brandwatch, who invited dance artist Janine Harrington to research and create in response to their global business. The residency was an experiment in digital and artistic creativity, alternative thinking and new ways of seeing – with no prescribed outcome. Please read Janine’s blog here.

Plat-formed WHIST at The Old Market’s Virtual Reality LAB, an interactive dance performance mixing physical theatre and virtual reality.

Hosted an interactive Audience Ambassadors programme with record breaking dance artist Tim Casson and Bafta award-winning digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle. Ambassadors were invited to be involved in the creation of their new show CHOREOCRACY that explores what happens when the audience is in control, via mobile technology - allowing them to control the performers in real-time. For more information on our Audience Ambassadors scheme, please click here.

Dramaturg in Residence

Dramaturgs support artists to develop thinking and vision as they create their work. Our pioneering Dramaturg in Residence programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, is led by dramaturg Lou Cope with Guest Dramaturgs Martin Hargreaves and Luke Pell. It offers different ways to engage with dramaturgy, from weekend intensives to a range of collaborative models to support artists.

As part of the activity in year one, we created The Red Line – an interactive website for artists and makers to explore how performance gets made – take a look and get involved here.

We are now into years two and three of the programme, having secured further investment from Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Opportunities to take part in the programme will be announced throughout the year, so please visit What's On: Professional Development and keep an eye on our social media for up to date details on how you might get involved.

Read the press release announcing years two and three, here.

“As a solo maker/artist, your head is full of ideas, images, research, ambition and half-forgotten notes accumulated during the process of developing your project. And the practical aspects - failed funding, lists of to do, to make, to throw the towel in, to reconnect, to decide, etc. Working with a dramaturg has proved to be a great help – to keep me on the artistic development side, to reveal areas that need further thought and to point at resistances.”
Chris Dugrenier, Artist


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

The Pebble Trust Flourish Bursary is a cash award of up to £1000 to support continuing development, open to professional artists, early career to experienced, based in the Brighton & Hove area working in dance.

We are interested in artists who wish to develop themselves and their careers, who seek to push boundaries within dance and choreography or evolve how they ‘run their business’; artists who want to risk, explore, delve and discover.

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

For more information and visit the What's On section of our website.  


Visit our Blog 

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

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

Regional Networks

We support networks and collectives across the South East, who develop and deliver professional development opportunities in dance. Activity is supported throughout Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Milton Keynes, Reading, Essex and Oxford. We recommend the following resources for dance artists who are keen to connect with these networks.


We occasionally host artist/company residencies in Brighton or elsewhere, often as part of larger projects.

Please visit What's On: Professional Development and keep an eye on our social media for up to date details on new residencies that open for application. For further information about artist residencies please contact Madeleine Wilson.

The Other Yellow Pages

The Other Yellow Pages was created for South East and East based artists, organisations and networks who work with dance and want to find out more about what is happening in their region.  It aims to bring all the information about what is happening in the South East and East into one easily searchable site – explore listings, upload information about events that you are organising, or join in the conversations on the forum.

This free resource features performances, events, jobs, opportunities, workshops and classes!

Visit The Other Yellow Pages

The Red Line

Are you curious about how performance gets made? Are you a choreographer, maker, dramaturg, producer or performer?

Please join us on The Red Line, a website created for users to interactively explore the process of making performance.  

We invite you to blast open the studio doors, delve into the how (rather than the what), reveal process, challenge, demystify, share and learn.

Conceived in collaboration with our Dramaturg in Residence, Lou Cope, The Red Line is a place to spark and share dramaturgical thinking as you experience the preparation, making and presentation of performance work. Explore where ideas come from, how others approach the studio, what mistakes people make, the rituals artists follow in the creative process and more.  

Visit The Red Line

Read the full press release here.

The Red Line is part of South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.


20/11/17 Job opportunity at South East Dance

We are looking for a full time Executive Assistant to join our team. Visit Jobs & Opportunities for more information.

11/10/17 U.Dance 2018 South East Regional Selection Showcase

Is your Youth Dance group looking for opportunities to perform to regional and national audiences? Look no further than U.Dance 2018

14/09/17 Read our latest newsletter - The Virtual Issue

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

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

20/06/17 Are you a professional dance artist based in the south east?

Are you passionate about helping people explore their creativity in new and surprising ways? Yes? Then we need you… for The Welcome Project


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