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Arts Award

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a unique national qualification that supports anyone up to 25 years old to grow as an artist and arts leader, inspiring them to connect with, take part in, the wider arts world. Arts Award enables young people to progress their learning throughout their school life and beyond into further education and employment.

Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze Silver and Gold) are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory award.

At each level, children and young people work with an Arts Award Adviser, a trained adult who supports them to gain arts experiences, provides guidance and assesses their arts logs and portfolios. Teachers, teaching assistants, private dance school tutors, dance practitioners, freelancers, choreographers, youth workers, volunteers, arts venue learning staff can all train as advisers.


Why Arts Award is good for schools?

Offering Arts Award can help schools to demonstrate certain elements of the OFSTED and Teaching Standards Framework and provides great links across the curriculum. Gold Arts Award provides 16 UCAS points at Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). As part of our Schools Programme South East Dance are able to offer information and advice on Arts Award. See the schools section below for more information.


Why is Arts Award good for dance schools and freelance artists/ practitioners?

As a freelance practitioner Arts Award can add value to your practice and provide a measurable outcome to your work. Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and achieved in a wide variety of settings.

Find out more about Arts Award here


South East Dance and Arts Award

South East Dance is currently delivering Arts Awards as part of its offer to children and young people. Young people on our Brighton CAT satellite programme have the chance to complete Bronze. For more information please see the Centre for Advanced Training – Brighton Satellite section below.

We are delivering Gold with our partnership with University of Surrey and Explore with our new Young Ambassadors project. We will be delivering Bronze and Silver with hard to reach young people as part of our Creative Communities Programme. They will get a chance to curate a community dance festival in Brighton & Hove.


Arts Award Supporter

South East Dance is an Arts Award Supporter so look out for the Arts Award blue a symbol throughout our season brochures, newsletter and website – these events have been identified as appropriate for helping you complete your Arts Award.

See our new special Arts Award Supporter section below for some inspiration.

Arts Award Supporter

South East Dance is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter. Look out for the Arts Award blue a symbol throughout our season brochures, newsletter and website – these events have been identified as appropriate for helping you complete your Arts Award.

If you need some inspiration for an activity to help you complete your Arts Award have a look at:

U.Dance programme

See a professional youth dance platform and review it, or apply as a group to perform in a professional venue as part of the annual platform. Who knows you might be selected for the national U.Dance festival in July.

More information below.


Come and see an exciting, and inspiring professional contemporary dance performances and review it. We programme the majority of dance in Brighton festival and throughout the year in a number of pop up places and venues including Brighton Dome, The Old Market, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

View our Performances.

Audience Ambassadors

If you are over 18 and new to dance you can apply to take part in our Audience Ambassadors programme where you meet with us and a small group of people also new to dance, meet the artist and input into their work, see the work. It will give you insider knowledge of an artist's creative process and in creating a dance piece.

More information below.

The Place Partnership Programme in Sussex

If you are aged 12-15 years old and are interested in a career in dance or have a particular passion and talent you can apply for our annual Sussex Partnership Programme. The Place Partnership Programme in Sussex provides an opportunity to take part in the arts and expand your practice. You will work with inspiring professional dancers, choreographers and perform in the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) showcase at The Place, London.

NOTE: The programme was formerly known as Brighton Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) satellite scheme.

More information on The Place Partnership Programme section below


There are many more events and opportunities throughout the year so why not subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to hear about them hot off the press.

Audience Ambassador Scheme

This is an opportunity open to anyone who doesn’t have a dance background – participants typically have no prior experience of dance (as a seer or doer) and are invited to attend shows, attend behind-the-scenes rehearsals, meet artists and partake in discussions. We want to connect with new audiences, encourage them to share opinions and explore ideas around the work of artists. The scheme is also about helping to demystify the processes around making and seeing contemporary performance work. Our first Audience Ambassadors scheme was part of a project called Experimental Encounters last year. It was was hugely popular with all involved, so we’re incorporating it into our wider programme.

Our new cohort of ambassadors come from a range of backgrounds, including: politics, disability activism, vlogging, comedy and music composition. If you’d like to get involved, or know someone who might, we’d love to hear from you. 

If you would like to find out more about our Audience Ambassador Scheme please contact Madeleine Wilson.

Our pioneer Audience Ambassador Scheme, Experimental Encounters, is in the framework of SPACE – Supporting Performing Art Circulation in Europe.

Dance to Health

Dance to Health is a project using dance as a means of falls prevention in older people. It’s being developed with the aim of creating a sustainable social enterprise, led by arts charity AE-SOP and delivered by three dance organisations – South East Dance, East London Dance and Cheshire Dance – and numerous older people’s partner organisations across England.

Why Dance to Health?

Falls are traumatic for older people and cost the NHS £2.3 billion per year. On top of this, current falls prevention exercise programmes face challenges: patchy provision; older people’s low take-up and adherence; the lack of maintenance classes which means that gains are lost and investment is wasted; a minority of current services are evidence-based and last the required six months.

What’s happening and what’s the approach?

The programme uses the two evidence-based falls prevention programmes, Otago and FaME, which reduce falls by up to 55%, and through a partnership with Later Life Training, dance artists from the partner dance organisations have been trained in Otago and FaME.

Following successful taster sessions in November 2015, we have been running twice-weekly classes which will continue to the end of June 2016. The sessions are led by experienced dance artists who are developing creative classes, building confidence, flexibility and friendships amongst the participants with sessions frequently reaching capacity.  We are looking forward to all coming together at the end of June for a sharing and celebration of the last six-months work.


Dance to Health is supported by Arts Council England, City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation.

The Aldridge South East Dance Academy

The Aldridge South East Dance Academy is a newly launched sixth form course run by South East Dance and the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, opening in September 2017.

A unique collaboration between education and the dance industry, the Aldridge South East Dance Academy gives students the opportunity to study for a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), the equivalent of 3 A levels. The Academy will be the only centre in Brighton offering this qualification, with students combining academic studies with choreography and performance technique and the opportunity to work with respected members of the dance industry.

The sixth formers will be able to choose from a wide range of disciplines to study, including contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, urban and street dance, learning from and having access to a network of dance and performing arts industry experts. There will be opportunities to perform in Brighton and beyond, through the Academy’s network of industry partners.

Read the course fact sheet here.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy has their open evening on Thursday 9 February 6-8pm

Please just turn up and come and find us for a chat and to find out more. Click here for directions

For all enquires relating to the Aldridge South East Dance Academy and our BTEC, please contact Rose Kigwana or call 01273 645265.

Image (c) Ben Johnson.


South East Dance is delighted to continue working in collaboration with The Place, the UK’s premiere centre for dance, to deliver our Sussex Partnership Programme for young people aged 12-15 years.

The scheme partners with The Place’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). It offers young people who show exceptional ability and potential in dance the chance to receive training from highly experienced professionals. Successful applicants benefit from a six-month course which includes a weekly contemporary provision, creative workshops, masterclasses and performance opportunities in the region and at The Place.

In the autumn we are looking for people to apply for the 2018 programme and we actively encourage applications from young male dancers.

The next round of auditions are likely to take place in November/December 2017. For the latest updates watch this space and keep an eye on our social media channels.

If you have any questions about next year’s scheme please email

NOTE: The programme was formerly known as Brighton Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) satellite scheme.

“I have loved the CAT scheme, the teachers have helped me so much and I can already tell that I have come on over the past six months. I have had constant feedback which has helped me to continuously improve and I have loved performing at events!”  
Tallulah, CAT Brighton Satellite participant 2016

“I have thoroughly loved every single lesson and each time have come back with a new, crucial piece of information that has pushed my knowledge of contemporary technique further.”
Zofia, CAT Brighton Satellite participant 2017

Centre for Advanced Training – Brighton Satellite. Image © Zoe Manders

The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project is a three year programme that aims to introduce more people to dance as we prepare to open the doors to The Dance Space. Over the next three years The Welcome Project will see us building a programme of performances, workshops, discussions and participatory activity – and we would love  you to be involved.

As part of The Welcome Project we are delighted to have received funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for an ambitious programme that will provide opportunities for local communities in Tarner, Queens Park and surrounding areas to engage with dance. We will be working with Brooke Mead extra care unit for older adults living with Dementia, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, Brighton Youth Centre and Puffin Nursery as well as other community organisations to bring our community together with exceptional artists from across the region and beyond. We will also be developing a community steering group, a new volunteering programme, a number of artist-in-residence projects and an exciting new annual community-curated dance festival, Our City Dances in July 2018. 


Support for teachers, schools and students

Throughout the year we have opportunities for children and young people to take part in dance. This year we had 6 boys aged 9-12 and 9 girls aged 8-11 take part in two professional performances that received outstanding reviews in the national press.

We can offer advice, support and training to teachers to help them develop dance in their school. Depending on priorities we may be able to work in partnership with you to design and deliver a dance project. 

South East Dance:

  • Is proud to be an Arts Award (see above) and Artsmark Supporter organisation. We can support you to deliver both programmes
  • Offer training opportunities for teachers and advice on developing your dance provision via the primary schools, sports premium
  • Are connected with lots of professional dance artists and choreographers who specialise in a diverse range of skills, we will be able to help you find the right high-quality artist for your project and give advice on how to manage and support them
  • Deliver the South East regional U.Dance platform for youth dance groups aged 11-19. A chance to perform in a professional venue and apply for the national U.Dance Platform
  • Deliver the South East regional Sussex CAT Satellite for talented young dancers aged 12-15 years who are interested in taking up dance as a career and can signpost students interested in open access dance classes
  • Offer a key stage 5 BTEC, National extended Diploma in performance (Dance) in Brighton for young people interested in a career in dance

For more information about what we can offer for schools sign up for our mailing list, follow us on social media to find out about opportunities as they are announced or simply get in touch with a member of the team.

Spring – Dancing into Recovery

"I'm totally in control of my life now, in such a calm place and deal with things in a completely different manner"

We have just completed the first phase of our partnership project with Brighton Oasis Project, bringing two artists-in-residence - Anne Colvin and Laura Woods - plus a variety of guest artists to work with women and their children who are/have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Over the past two years, we have provided weekly movement sessions for the women; opportunities to attend performances and movement sessions for parents and their babies. With funding from The Rayne Foundation and Co-op Funeral Care, we also worked with older children from sister-service Young Oasis on an outdoor dance and visual arts project.

Read the Evaluation Report here.

"Brighton has great opportunities for creative engagement but so many of the people we work with feel excluded from these, it takes a dedicated effort to support their engagement and working with South East Dance has been a great way of doing this."
Jo-Anne Welsh, Director, Brighton Oasis Project

U.Dance 2018

We are delighted to be able to work alongside One Dance UK to continue to offer this inspiring and enriching experience for young people. Not only does U.Dance offer a professional performance opportunity for young dancers, it also enables hundreds of young people to enjoy artist led workshops and masterclasses amongst like-minded peers who share a love for dance.

U.Dance is a National Programme led by One Dance UK which seeks to increase the number of youth dance performances and support those who organise them, whilst raising awareness of the wonderful events that take place right across the country. The framework aims to provide dance performance opportunities for every child and young person in England.

The U.Dance 2018 regional selection platform for the South East is open to applications from groups based in the following counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Applications are now open for U.Dance 2018 South East regional selection platform. Visit What's On: U.Dance 2018 For full details and how to apply.

For more details please contact Sarah Kearney

“The dancers had a great time and absolutely loved the workshops they took part in, which offered a great mix from the dance styles they experience more regularly… Having the chance to perform on that stage was incredible for our dancers.” 
Penny & Jules Youth Dance – U.Dance participants 2017

"We enjoyed sharing our work on such a huge stage with a lovely audience! It is fantastic opportunity for our dancers to take part in such an exciting event."  
Young Anjali Dance Company – U. Dance participants 2016. 

Image: Wheelfever (Courtesy of One Dance UK) © Brian Slater.jpg


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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