MoveUP is a FREE six-month programme dedicated to developing young dancers' choreographic skills.

Delivered by TeesDance, in partnership with Darlington Hippodrome, MoveUP is a 6-month programme for young dancers to learn how to become a choreographer and make their own dance piece for stage.

This unique opportunity gives young people aged 14 to 19, or up to 25 with disabilities, the chance to develop their creative, choreographic skills and showcase their creation on Darlington Hippodrome’s main stage.

The programme welcomes applicants from young people living in the Tees Valley, working in any dance style. We are looking for creative potential and passion so please do not worry if you have no/minimal experience. We want young dancers who want to develop their skills and experience as a choreographer and are interested in creating new work.

    • Are you aged between 14 – 19 or up to the age of 25 if d/Deaf or disabled?*
    • Do you want to be a dance artist or choreographer?
    • Do you like making your own dance pieces or movement?
    • Do you want to develop your creativity?
    • Do you want to learn more about careers in dance?
    • Do you want to be inspired, mentored and nurtured?
  • Applicants must be aged between 14-19 or up to the age of 25 if d/Deaf or disabled on 30 June 2022*
  • We welcome disabled and non-disabled dancers, providing additional resources and support wherever possible.
  • We encourage applications from everyone regardless of background, ethnicity, culture or religion.
  • Applicants must live in the Tees Valley (Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland)

*Age guidelines: Priority will be given to dancers in the correct age range, but if we have space on the programme we may open it out. If you are above or below the age range, please contact us directly at [email protected] to express your interest.

  • Applications open 1 December
  • Applicants are encouraged to attend the Taster Session on 19 December – register here.
  • Deadline for applications 14 January at 5pm
  • A selection panel chooses the successful candidates
  • Applicants are informed on outcome by 21 January

How to Apply

Applications can be made online by completing the Google Form or by video/audio recording. Please ensure these recordings are no more than 5 minutes in length, with links and passwords provided either in the Google Form or emailed to [email protected]. When emailing any links, please state your full name for reference. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 14 January.

Other Application Formats

You can find the Information & Guidance Notes in an Easy Read format alongside an Easy Read Application Form to use to apply. Please email your Easy Read Application Form to [email protected] by the deadline – 5pm on 14 January.

Important Programme Dates

  • Wednesday 1 December 2021 – Applications open
  • Sunday 19 December 2021, 11am – 1pm – Taster Session
  • Friday 14 January 2022 at 5pm – Applications close
  • Friday 21 January 2022 – Participants confirmed
  • Sunday 30 January 2022, 10am – 4pm – Induction Day
  • Throughout February 2022 – 1:1 Mentoring Sessions
  • 12 & 13 February 2022 – Workshops Days 1 & 2
  • 25 & 26 February 2022 – Workshop Days 3 & 4
  • 12 & 13 March 2022 – Workshop Days 5 & 6
  • Sunday 27 March 2022 – Workshop Day 7
  • 9, 10 & 11 April 2022 – Workshop Days 8, 9 & 10
  • 16 April – 21 May 2022 (every Saturday afternoon)
    – 6 weeks of R & D
  • Friday 29 April 2022 – Pitch Panel Evening
  • Throughout May 2022 – 1:1 Mentoring Sessions
  • 28 & 29 May 2022 – Rehearsals
  • 4 June 2022 – Rehearsals
  • 5 June 2022 – Performance Day
  • 26 June 20222 – Group Tutorial

Programme Highlights

  • 10 days of workshops with professional choreographers
  • 6 weeks of creation with weekly support sessions
  • 1:1 mentoring
  • a pitch panel evening with industry specialists
  • career talks from experts
  • a final performance showcasing your own choreography on Darlington Hippodrome’s 1000 auditorium stage

FAQs

How old do I have to be for MoveUP?

Applicants must be aged between 14-19 or up to the age of 25 if d/Deaf or disabled on 30 June 2022.

What if I’m under or above the age range?

Priority will be given to dancers in the correct age range, but if we have space on the programme we may open it out. If you are above or below the age range, please contact us directly at [email protected]  to express your interest.

Do I need to have choreographed before?

No – this project is open to anyone who is interested to learn more and try out ideas.

Do I need formal dance training/qualifications?

No – we are looking for people with creativity not technical skill or lots of experience.

I have a disability or additional needs - can I apply?

Yes – we would welcome your application and if selected we will be in touch to find out what access need you may have and support you will them.

What happens if there is a national lockdown or restrictions stop people meeting?

The programme will continue online or potentially be delivered through a hybrid of online and in-person depending on the situation. The safety of all participants and staff will be our priority.

Does the programme cost to take part?

We are delighted that MoveUP is fully funded thanks to Arts Council England and Creative Darlington. This means there is no charge for young people to take part in the programme.

Where is the programme taking place?

Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR

Do I get paid from attending the programme?

There is no payment to the participant taking part in the programme. This is a training and development programme to help young people access new skills and experiences.

Can I can get my travel paid for?

We have travel bursaries of up to £80 to help with transport, available to those from low income households and live further than walking distance from Darlington Hippodrome, more details will be provided to successful applicants on how to claim travel support.

Do you provide lunch during the workshops?

Some refreshments will be provide but we expect participants to bring their own pack lunch on full-day workshops.

Do I need an adult to support me through the process?

Yes – a supporting adult is vital to help you through the process. This can be a family member, dance teacher or similar. If you are under 18 you will also need consent from a parent/guardian.

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