Little Big Dance: Artist Commission

Little Big Dance is a major three-year national initiative created by South East Dance in partnership with DanceEast, Take Art and Yorkshire Dance, with more than £371,000 investment from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.  The programme supports choreographers and dancers to make captivating and diverse work for and with under-fives and their families, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds with little or no access to the arts.  We want to revolutionise the way early years dance is recognised and to support more high quality dance work for the under-fives. 

The voice of the child is at the heart of the creative process. Throughout the two 18 month cycles over three years, eight commissioned works will be developed, with four scaled for production in regional venues. With the guidance of choreographers, producers and dramaturges who specialise in working with very young children, Little Big Dance will support eight dance artists to gain valuable skills by working in a variety of pre-school settings in areas of England with little or no access to the arts. Four of the ideas will be selected for production and will go on to tour nationally to venues and pre-school settings, whilst the development of the remaining four will go on to be supported by the partners. 

Are you interested in making dance work for and with an early years audience?

Are you keen to work directly with children to formulate and test your ideas?


If so, Little Big Dance partners want to hear from you. Applications are now open for the first 18 month cycle. 

For more information and details on how to apply for the first 18 month cycle download an application pack

Apply online here

Little Big Dance is also supported by Dance Umbrella, Birmingham Hippodrome, Strike a Light Gloucester and English National Ballet School.

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Little Big Dance: Artist Commission