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DanceEast Rural Retreats: Two exciting new opportunities for aspiring dance leaders

25 Sep 2015

DanceEast has been providing Rural Retreats for artistic leaders and aspiring leaders in dance since 2003. Thanks to the support of Arts Council England, the Rayne Foundation, and others, DanceEast is delighted to announce two new Rural Retreat opportunities and the next Rural Retreat for existing artistic leaders working in dance.

Rural Retreat Placements 2015

Six bursaries of £6,000 each are offered for people working in dance and wishing to explore contexts and perspectives beyond dance through a self-designed and self-managed programme of one or more placements between January 2016 and June 2017.


Placements are intended to enable emerging dance leaders to experience challenges and working cultures in sectors other than dance. They might include charitable or commercial organisations, other cultural industries, agencies tackling social disadvantage or institutions such as prisons, hospitals and the armed forces.  The ambition is that placements will be mutually beneficial, and will build empathy, understanding and bonds between dance and the wider social world as well as bringing new perspectives and ideas to dance leadership.


Successful applicants do not need to have attended a Rural Retreat, but will be expected to attend a small number of seminars, networking and other events arranged by DanceEast.  Placements can be of any length and format and be in any setting. Applicants will be expected to make the case for their proposal together with a budget.


Further information and application form can be found by clicking here.

Deadline for applications: Monday 2 November 2015.


Young Rural Retreat 2016

Based on the highly successful Rural Retreat format, the first-ever Young Rural Retreat for people under the age of 21 from around the world will be held at DanceEast on Ipswich’s Waterfront from 25 to 28 August 2016.


Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet will be one of the facilitators, and speakers will include young leaders from beyond dance.  To register your interest and make sure you receive further information and an application form when available email


Rural Retreat 2017

Save the date for the next Rural Retreat. It will be in January 2017, for existing artistic leaders, and will be held in DanceEast’s home, the Jerwood DanceHouse.


The next Rural Retreat for aspiring artistic leaders will be in January 2019.