Bookings 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, in recognition of the challenging climate for the arts sector, we are offering £45 each to ten new graduates/emerging artists who are attending at least one Mind The Gap session, to pay for their time to attend.
To access this support, select which the Mind The Gap session(s) you would like to attend and book on via our website, then email Assistant Producer Pip Sayers [firstname.lastname@example.org] setting out in a sentence or two how this money will support you at this time.
You do not need to have undertaken formal vocational training to be eligible for this financial support. The Mind The Gap sessions are open to anyone aged 18-23 who wants to expand their skills. However sessions are designed to support those starting their careers in the dance sector.
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 hear from artists 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.
Thursday 25 February, 2pm: Working in Other Roles in the Sector
Thursday 4 March, 3pm: Developing a Toolkit for Screen Dance
Tuesday 9 March, 1.30pm: Things I Wish I'd Known, with Yami Löfvenberg
Friday 12 March, 10am: Professional Dance Class, with Jamaal O'Driscoll
Tuesday 23 March, 3pm: Working with Other Roles in the Theatre
Thursday 25 March, 11,30am: Introduction to The Dance Space
Tuesday 30 March, 5pm: Making Your Work Accessible
Thursday 8 April, 11am: Where to Find Support for Dance Artists
Thursday 22 April, 3pm: Safeguarding Within Dance, with Pip Sayers
Tuesday 27 April, 11am: How to Market Yourself, with Georgina Harris
Image: Abi Mortimer, part of our Mind The Gap 2021 programme. Photo by Brian Hartley