Applications now open to Little Big Dance

21 Sep 2022

Image credit: Summer Dean.

South East Dance, the dance charity behind the launch of Brighton & Hove’s first ever purpose-built dance house The Dance Space, has opened applications for Little Big Dance Cycle Two, which includes an artist commission worth £30,000.

Little Big Dance is a pioneering national programme, delivered in partnership with Dance East, Take Art and Yorkshire Dance, which supports dance artists to develop specialist skills and experience in creating dance performance that speaks of and to children under five.

In its first cycle, Little Big Dance supported four artists to progress their careers; and commissioned two stunning pieces of work by artists George Fellows and Takeshi Matsumoto, which to
date have reached more than 3000 people and continue to tour nationally and internationally.

Now, applications are open to UK-based dance artists with at least five years’ experience of creating and touring work to take part in Cycle Two, in one of two ways:


Artist Lab – apply by 31 October 2022

Eight artists will be selected from an open call to take part in a week’s residency lab focusing on making work for and with under five year olds at The Dance Space during 15-20 Jan, 2023. Find out more here:


Little Big Dance Commissioned Artist – apply by 14 November 2022

One UK-based dance artist or choreographer with at least five years’ experience of making and touring dance shows will be selected to develop and create a full dance show to tour to early years settings, festivals and venues. Find out more here:


South East Dance is encouraging everyone interested in applying to come along to one of four Artist Cafe Events during September and October, to ask questions and find out more.

Cath James, Artistic Director, at South East Dance, lead partner for Little Big Dance, says: “Little Big Dance is changing the face of dance performances for very young audiences, while
empowering dance artists and choreographers to push and challenge their practice in new ways. Cycle One has seen two beautiful and very different dance works being produced and seen by thousands of people to date. Both pieces are based on original ideas, with children’s voices at the heart, and are the result of robust research and development into how children under five develop and what they need and want to really connect with movement-based shows. Cycle Two will also welcome two new international partners, Denmark’s Danshallerne and Australia’s Sydney Dance Company, supporting four international choreographers to take part in the Artist Lab. We can’t wait to see how Cycle Two unfolds.”

For further information and images contact Georgina Harris, Joint Head of Communications at South East Dance at [email protected]