Choreographic Development Award

For UK based choreographers, working across all genres and contexts, with a minimum of two years professional experience.

Photos of Akram Khan Dance Company, Chotto Desh, 2015.


Thanks to a generous legacy gift from David Andren and individual donations DanceEast launched the Choreographic Development Award scheme in 2015.

The Choreographic Award can be used for research and development, or as a contribution towards making a dance work. A finished product is not necessary but there is an expectation that the funds will make a difference to the practice of the choreographer.

Since launching our Choreographic Development Award, the following artists have benefited:

Tim Casson
Akram Khan
Holly Noble
Sophie Nüzell
Wayne Parsons
Alesandra Seutin
Joseph Toonga
Didy Veldman
Stuart Waters
Flora Wellesley-Wesley

We are constantly looking out for opportunities to support artists at all stages of their careers – funds are distributed through both open and solicited awards. The next open call out for our Choreographic Development Award will be announced in 2020. If you would like an informal chat about how our Choreographic Development Award could help develop your practice, please contact our team on 01473 295230.
Funding in the area is limited and, therefore it is extremely important that we support choreographic development and we are very grateful to our supporters who make this possible – so that artists can develop their practice to bring great dance to everyone. If you’d like to help support this cause, please contact our development team –


Gary Avis, Humphrey Burton CBE, Lizzie Fargher, Peter Manning and Jeanette Siddall CBE


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