Launch Scotland 2018

Sunday 11 March 2018

Dance Base, Edinburgh


Launch is a day-long professional development conference for young dancers transitioning into a professional career, hosted by One Dance UK and YDance.

In 2018, Launch will be held at Dance Base in Edinburgh, where participants will explore a variety of career paths through a mix of workshops, seminars and direct practical advice provided by leading dance professionals.

The aim of the event is to give students and recent graduates an insight into life as a dance professional, such as a choreographer, dance educator, dance manager and many more. As well as this we aim to signpost them to organisations and individuals who can support them in their future career development.

The day will include a variety of talks, panel discussions, practical workshops and presentations from industry professionals on a range of topics. Potential subject areas include –

  • How to secure and prepare for auditions
  • Audition techniques
  • Healthy Dancer Awareness
  • The importance of branding
  • Applying for funding
  • Tax Returns
  • Working as a choreographer
  • Routes into teaching

Launch is being organized in partnership with YDance with the help from Creative Scotland, Dancebase, Scottish Dance Teacher Alliance, Scottish Ballet, The Workroom, Dance House, Indepen-Dance & Scottish Dance Theatre.

Launch 2018: The Programme*

9am – 9.30am: Arrival and Registration

9.30 – 9.40am: Welcome

9.40 – 10.30am: Chat Show One: Dance Pathways and Careers

10.30– 11.15am: Finance for Dancers

11.15 – 11.30am: Refreshment break

11.30 – 1.20pm: Workshops: How to Work as a Choreographer OR How to Work in Youth and Community Arts OR How to Work as a Dancer

1.20 – 2.20pm: Lunch (provided), Networking Opportunities and Professional Marketplace

2.20 – 3.20pm: How Dance Agencies and Creative Scotland Can Support You

3.20 – 4.10pm: Chat Show Two: Emerging Artists’ and Recent Graduates’ Experiences

4.10-4.30pm: Health: Look after yourself, Look after your career

4.30-4.40pm: Short Break

4.40 – 5.30pm: Interactive Marketplace with a Round Table from a variety of leading professional from all across the sector

5.30pm: 10-minute Round-Up

*Subject to change. Speakers to be confirmed – watch this space!