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.

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.

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 Sarah Kearney – 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 sit on the consortium board of Brighton Digital Festival - a month long celebration of digital culture that takes place across Brighton and Hove in September.

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 Dramaturg in 2016/17, Martin Hargreaves. 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 professional development, open to professional artists based in the Brighton & Hove area working in dance. We are interested in dance artists who wish to develop themselves and their careers, who seek to push boundaries within choreography or evolve how they ‘run their business’; artists who want to risk, explore, delve and discover.

Eligible activity includes: Research & Development (time and space for expanding practice and creative work), mentoring, workshops, travel, conferences and anything else related to professional development.

The Pebble Trust have championed local talent in Brighton & Hove since 2009. We are delighted that they have chosen to support our refreshed Flourish Fund Bursary.

The next round of applications will open in 2017.


Visit our Blog 

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

Producer Development Scheme

“The scheme was incredibly timely and invaluable at the stage I was at – the impact and effect it has had on my work as an independent producer has been huge. THANK YOU.”
Elise Phillips, 2015 participant
Our Producer Development Scheme responds to a real hunger from independent producers to extend producing knowledge within the dance world. A range of sessions are held at South East Dance and partner organisations over several months, spanning an array of topics – fundraising, community participation, tour booking, the producer-artist relationship, and more – alongside discussion about what it means to manage a portfolio of work, whilst remaining creative amidst the juggling act! Find out about former participants at the links below:

Elise Phillips

Fergus Evans

Iris Chan

Following an overwhelming response to our 2015/16 call-out, we are now re-imagining the next phase of the programme – to be announced soon.

Elise PhillipsFergus EvansIris Chan

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


23/02/17 Read our latest newsletter - The Spring Issue

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

15/02/17 Garfield Weston Foundation backs The Dance Space

Garfield Weston Foundation has contributed to our capital appeal as a ‘Founding Funder’ of The Dance Space moving us a step closer to reaching our £3.5 million target. Read More

12/12/16 New job opportunities at South East Dance

South East Dance is recruiting two exciting new posts: Communications and Development Manager and Creative Communities Manager. More information and how to apply

07/11/16 Centre for Advanced Training (CAT): Brighton Satellite 2017

We are delighted to be working in collaboration with The Place to deliver the CAT Brighton Satellite 2017. Apply now!

03/11/16 U.Dance 2017 Applications Now Open

Is your Youth Dance group looking for opportunities to perform to regional and national audiences? Then look no further than U.Dance 2017


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