Announcing Mind The Gap 2021

Are you a new dance graduate or emerging dance artist looking for support to take your next career step? Perhaps you’re a young dancer who hasn’t taken formal training but would like to know how to break into the sector? If so, we are offering a programme of free expert advice on entering the dance industry.

Turtle Dove by Amy Morvell, one of our Mind the Gap 2018/19 cohort. Photo: Amber Tanc.

Applications are now open for Mind The Gap 2021 - our free-to-access programme offering advice on everything you need to know to start building your career in dance, kicking off on Friday 15 January with Keeping a healthy mind and body with dance artist Stuart Waters.

Taking place online and led by industry experts, the Mind The Gap programme includes sessions on everything from professional dance class, and how to set yourself up as self-employed; to how to keep your accounts and apply for Arts Council funding. At each session there will be opportunities to ask questions, network with others in a similar position and meet choreographers, producers and artists. 

All sessions are free and we will be offering three bursaries of £75 for the Professional Dance Class Sessions to artists under the age of 23 who need financial assistance to attend. You do not need to have undertaken formal vocational training to apply for a bursary place or to attend any of the sessions as they are open to anyone who wants to expand their skills, however sessions are designed to support those starting their careers in the dance sector.

To apply for a bursary place please email Pip Sayers, Assistant Producer, at with a short statement on why you need the financial support to attend. If you have recently graduated from a dance course please also let us know which course and the year you graduated. We are particularly keen to receive applications from diverse and under-represented communities.

Below is a list of the confirmed events so far, with more to be announced. Please sign up to our e-newsletter or follow us on social media for updates.





Keeping a Healthy Mind and Body, with Stuart WatersPresentationFriday 15 January10am
Managing Your Finances as a Freelancer with Jane WebsterPresentationTuesday 19 January11am
Things I Wish I'd Known with Abi MortimerNetworkingFriday 22 January10.30am
Professional Dance Class with Sarah GoldingProfessional dance classMonday 25 January10am
How to Make an Arts Council England Application with Lou RogersPresentationThursday 4 February2pm
How to Write a Budget for your Arts Council England Application with Lou RogersPresentationTuesday 11 February2pm
Things I Wish I'd Known with Suba SubramaniamNetworkingThursday 16 February5pm
Professional Dance Class with Valerie EbuwaDance Class and PresentationFriday 19 February10am
Working with Other Roles in the SectorPanel DiscussionThursday 25 February2pm
Developing a Toolkit for Screen DancePanel DiscussionThursday 4 March3pm

Bookings are now open for the first events (see below) and keep an eye out on our What's On page as we add more in the coming weeks.

Image: Turtle Dove by Amy Morvell, one of our Mind the Gap 2018/19 cohort. Photo: Amber Tanc.

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