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Dance Springs 2016 Application –  Call for dance artists

05 Oct 2015

University of Hertfordshire and DanceEast

Dance Springs is an annual dance platform for mid career and emerging dance artists in the East of England. This year the platform has expanded to become a five-day festival, commissioned and supported by the UHArts (University of Hertfordshire)and Jerwood DanceHouse (DanceEast, Ipswich).

In its third year, for 2016 Dance Springs will allow audiences to get close to the action with performances, activities, workshops and exhibitions celebrating the best in British dance.

Call for Dance Artists

As well as hosting new work May Contain Food from Luca Silvestrini’s Protein,Dance Springs: The Show will present work from emerging choreographers, responding to the theme of CHANGING SPACES.

Dance Springs is looking to select four Dance artists / companies to perform their work as part of the festival at the Jerwood DanceHouse (DanceEast, Ipswich) and again at the Weston Auditorium (University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield).

Supporting emerging artists

This is a fantastic opportunity for emerging artists to gain experience in touring and exposing their work to a variety of audiences. The opportunity will also enable artists to build valuable contacts within the region and each host organisation.

Successful artists will be invited to participate in a two-day Research and Development intensive, hosted by UHArts. These two days will allow selected artists to develop their work, networking with the other selected artists.

Dance Springs is offering each successful artist £800, co-commissioned by UHArts and DanceEast, to perform their work as part of Dance Springs 2016.


To apply, download application form here.

Please note, work must be:

  • shown in a purpose built theatre.
  • no longer than 15 minutes in length.
  • The call out is nationwide although priority will be given to artists based in the eastern region.

Platform Performance Dates

  • Tuesday 1 March 2016: Jerwood DanceHouse (DanceEast, Ipswich)
  • Friday 4 March 2016: Weston Auditorium (University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield)

R&D Intensive

Monday 18 to Friday 22 January 2016: University of Hertfordshire


Friday 6 November 2015 17:00, late applications will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be informed shortly after this date.

Applications should be returned to