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Francesca Tortora | 15:09 UK time, Wednesday, 2 November 2011

We are ecstatic to announce that 13 dance organisations across the UK have been awarded a grant as part of our Dance Fellowships scheme!

These grants will allow them to host a bespoke placement opportunity for a Fellow who is either an emerging dancer, choreographer or producer. Each Fellow will work under the guidance of experienced mentors to develop their skills, showcase their work and experience the reality of working in the professional dance environment.

Dance Fellows jumping in the air

Photograph: Jeremy Freedman

The response from the Fellows themselves has been amazing, and we’re all really looking forward to seeing what they create over the next year. So without further ado, here are our 13 BBC Performing Arts Fund Dance Fellows 2011:

African Cultural Exchange Ltd (ACE Dance and Music) – Midlands
Fellow: Iona Waite [Dancer]
Iona will work with ACE dance and music during their latest production ICE.

Assault Events – Northern Ireland
Fellow: Claire Mullan [Dancer]
Assault Events will offer an opportunity for Claire to be involved in a series of projects, gaining experience in the areas a freelance dance artist may work and the skills required to do so.

Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) – London
Fellow: Yassmin Foster [Producer]
Yassmin will be involved with the Re:Generations 2012 project; a major international gathering of artists, academics and students focused on shaping the future of dance of the African Diaspora.

Ballet Cymru
– Wales
Fellow: Aimee Williamson [Dancer]
Aimee will be participating in all the daily activities that a full Ballet Cymru Company member is involved in.

balletLORENT – North East
Fellow: John Kendall [Dancer]
John will take on roles in three distinct works, developing his skills with guidance from mentor Caroline Reece, BalletLORENT's longest serving dancer.

The Bernie Grant Centre – London
Fellow: Mimmo Miccolis [Choreographer]
Bernie Grant will host Mimmo with Tavaziva Dance, the Centre's resident dance Company.

Independent Dance – London
Fellow: Janine Harrington [Choreographer]
Janine will receive individual mentorship and one-to-one advice from Gill Clarke MBE (dance artist, co-director Independent Dance) and choreographic mentorship from experienced professional choreographer Henrietta Hale.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) – East
Fellow: Phelix Cullen [Producer]
Under the guidance and mentorship of Artistic Director Craig Morrow and alongside support from senior dance lecturer Dr Jane Carr of LSPA, Phelix will develop his skills as an entrepreneur, programmer and a creative producer.

Phoenix Dance Theatre
– North East
Fellow: Daniel Corfield [Producer]
Over the course of this ten month placement Phoenix Dance Theatre aims to inspire and train Daniel through practical, on the job experience.

Plymouth Dance CIC – South West
Fellow: Chloe Hughes [Producer]
Chloe will assist on a Citywide dance project, be the Project Coordinator for a professional development project, and devise, plan and fundraise for a 2nd new project with a view to being the Project Manager.

Swindon Dance – South West
Fellow: James Wilton [Choreographer]
James will curate and co-programme performances such as Cross Currents, create a new work for the Youth Dance Academy or Swindon Youth dance Company, mentor a youth dancer, teach classes to local/regional dance professionals, and work with resident filmmaker Pete Anderson.

Upswing – London
Fellow: Vanessa Abreu [Choreographer]
Vanessa will shadow Upswing’s Artistic Director, working with her to understand the process of creating work that incorporates aerial dance, acrobatics and dance.

Warwick Arts Centre – Midlands
Fellow: Luke Sheppard [Choreographer]
Luke will become part of Warwick Arts Centre’s Boys Dancing project which enables boys and young men to collaborate with artists to create new dance works in eight local authorities across the West Midlands.

To see the full press release please visit the BBC Media Centre website and download a comprehensive list of the winning organisations and Fellows here.



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