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.

SED Dramaturg in Residence

Brighton based international dramaturg Lou Cope was recently announced as Dramaturg in Residence for South East Dance, in a pioneering new programme funded by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

In the coming months, Lou and SED will be offering a host of different ways for choreographers, both emerging and experienced, to engage with dramaturgy and dramaturgs. To find out about the latest opportunities for getting involved, please be sure to check our What's On > Professional Development and Opportunities pages.

Workshops that offer an introduction to those who’ve never worked with a dramaturg before; a range of collaborative models for mid-career SED supported artists who want to push the potential partnership further, and an Open Access Investment Fund – open to anyone who wants financial support for working with a dramaturg – are just some of the innovative schemes coming your way.

To hear more follow Lou on Facebook and Twitter or read Lou's Dramaturg blog on the South East Dance Website.

Or email Lou directly on

"This is an incredibly exciting project for me, for dramaturgy and for choreographers across the country and beyond. I look forward to working with a wide range of artists to really explore ways in which I and other dramaturgs can contribute to the support and development of both the processes and productions of contemporary dance makers, right across the UK."
Lou Cope

Artist Advisories

Our advisories offer one to one sessions with members of the South East Dance team, to provide support for artists’ individual and specific needs. These sessions are open to artists at any stage in their careers and organised on a monthly basis, first come first served. To register your interest please email Madeleine Wilson.

Artists’ Hub

We are currently working with the Dance Strategy Group to develop a web based Artists' Hub and Forum for the South East area. This will be a place to connect with opportunities, classes, performances and other artists throughout the South East. Watch this space!

BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship

Through the support of the BBC Performing Arts Fund (BBC PAF), artist Dan Daw joined South East Dance in January 2015 as our BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow. The BBC PAF is designed to support the next generation of performing arts talent - artists on the brink of becoming recognised but needing support to take the next step. Dan has embarked on a year-long programme of activity designed to support him in his transition from dance performer to Artistic Director and he’s currently working on a new piece entitled Beast. Visit our blog for some fantastic posts by Dan as he tracks his journey of development. 


We work as part of a number of national and local networks as we collectively strive to increase the impact, reach and quality of dance and dance based projects across the country. These currently include Dance Programmers Network, Dance Strategy Group, and Kent Dance Teachers Network. For more information on our involvement in any of these groups, please contact Cath James.

Established Artist Fellow

Our Established Artist Fellow for 2015 is Wendy Houstoun (click here to read more about Wendy and her thoughts on the Fellowship).

The Established Artist Fellowship is a one year scheme, which provides an established artist with support to reflect on their creative practice. The artist receives a financial and advisory package and the scheme is led by their artistry and enquiries. They support South East Dance in turn by offering ideas and thoughts on what we do, as well as the greater dance industry. The Fellow is selected by invitation from South East Dance. Our first Established Artist Fellow was Rosemary Lee.

Flourish Fund

The Flourish Fund offers a twice-yearly opportunity for dance artists working in the South East to pitch for funds to support their personal professional development. Artists are invited to pitch for any amount between £50 - £250 for anything that will help them to develop as a movement-based artist. This is open to people at any stage of their career.  The next round will be in September 2015.


We host artist and company residencies in Brighton and at South East Dance Studios in Kent, 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.

South East Dance Commissions

Though South East Dance is not a funding organisation, commissions are occasionally offered to artists to support the making and delivery of new work. Decisions are made in line with our artistic policy. For more information please contact Becky Edmunds, our Programme Producer for Artist Development.

The PE and Sports Premium funding

Great opportunity for dance teachers, artists and practitioners working in schools…

A new funding source is being used by Primary schools to improve their dance offer, with schools receiving at least £9k in September and due to receive the same funds again next year.

For further information take a look at Youth Dance England’s useful fact-sheet.


28/08/15 Deadline 31st August: Producer Development and Choreographic Bursary opportunities - APPLY NOW!

We have two exciting development opportunities which are open to applications until midnight 31st August. Please visit our Jobs & Opportunities page here for full details.

06/08/15 Read our latest newsletter: South East Dance - The Everybody Issue

This month we have invited Stopgap Dance Company to co-edit the issue with us. Featuring a Q & A with Rebecca Dawson, iF Platform in Edinburgh and much more. Read it here.

28/07/15 ON THE BLOG: Edinburgh Fringe - Our top picks

To help you navigate the incredible breadth of options, we've pulled together a list of our top picks for this year’s festival. Read more here.

03/07/15 Read our latest newsletter: South East Dance - The Risk Issue

Featuring a Q & A with Dick Knight, The Thrills and Spills of Flying and news from our artist in residence - Antonia Grove. Read it all here.

18/06/15 South East Dance’s £3.78m Dance Space plans boosted by University of Brighton partnership

The University of Brighton has agreed a £100,000 partnership with South East Dance to support the development of a new £3.78m dance centre. Read more.

11/06/15 South East Dance shines a spotlight on dramaturgy following investment from Jerwood Charitable Foundation

South East Dance has secured investment from Jerwood Charitable Foundation to pilot the first year of a three year Dramaturg in Residence programme. Read more...


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