BBC Performing Arts Fund announces winners of Dance Fellowships scheme

These Fellowships will help to nurture emerging talent, giving each Fellow an opportunity to work with some of the best organisations and dance companies across the UK."Miriam O’Keeffe, Project Manager, Performing Arts Fund
Date: 03.11.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
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The BBC Performing Arts Fund has awarded a total of £130,000 to 13 dance organisations across the UK in order to host a bespoke placement opportunity as part of its Dance Fellowships scheme.

The selected organisations will host a Fellow in one of three categories: Dancer, Choreographer or Producer, and will offer an opportunity for motivated individuals to 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.

Successful organisations were able to demonstrate that a Fellowship placement with them would offer significant professional development opportunities for a Fellow, that their placement would be realistic and achievable, and that the selection process they went through to identify the Fellow was fair and transparent.

Miriam O’Keeffe, project manager of the Performing Arts Fund, said: “These Fellowships will help to nurture emerging talent, giving each Fellow an opportunity to work with some of the best organisations and dance companies across the UK. We hope that this will help to strengthen the sector and are really looking forward to what these 13 Fellows will bring to the dance world over the coming year.”

The 13 successful organisations and Fellows are:

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 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]

The centre in Tottenham will host Mimmo who will receive mentoring from Tavaziva Dance, the Centre's resident dance Company and create a new work on human rights..

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.

Responses from winners

“Plymouth Dance is really pleased to be able to offer Chloe the opportunity to develop her skills as a Producer. The support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund has enabled us to offer a tailor-made training/mentoring programme that will expose Chloe to the various aspects of being a Producer locally, regionally and nationally.”

June Gamble, Coordinating Producer, Plymouth Dance

“Taking part in the fellowship is doing that development, is making those changes, is pushing Luke (Choreography Fellow) forward in his own chosen area and I’m absolutely thrilled about that.” Brian Bishop, Education Director, Warwick Arts Centre

“I feel I am part of something really wonderful. This fellowship grant has simply made all the difference in the world to my dance career, and I cannot imagine a better company for me than Ballet Cymru. So thank you so much.” Aimee Williamson, Dancer Fellow, Ballet Cymru

Notes to Editors

Details of all the grants awarded are available in a PDF file on the right-hand side of this page.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a registered charity, number 1101276.

The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 within the BBC. The fund receives revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes that seek to find new performing talent (including Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over The Rainbow).

To date the fund has allocated more than £3.5 million to talented performing arts individuals and community groups, as well as offering mentoring and advice to help them achieve their goals.

The Fund's mission is to seek out and support aspiring performing arts individuals and community groups who, for reasons of lack of existing support, personal background or circumstance, would not have been able to achieve their most ambitious goals or greatest potential without the Fund's support or intervention.