BBC Arts and One Dance UK are pleased to announce that Dance Passion will return in 2022, shining a light on the UK’s world-class dance sector in all its forms. Along with leading names and exciting new talent, Dance Passion will feature across television, radio and online on BBC networks, stations and platforms in 2022.

As part of this celebration, BBC Arts and One Dance UK are inviting dance companies, independent artists, choreographers and associated tech partners to apply for funding for short form films (£5,000) and interactive projects (£10,000) which will delight existing dance lovers and bring new audiences to this exciting art form.



Dance Passion is a collaboration between BBC Arts and One Dance UK and is supported by funding from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants programme. BBC Arts and One Dance UK, along with BBC Connected Studio, want to work with a network of dance companies, independent artists and technical providers to showcase dance talent from the UK.

It is aimed at those who love dance and those who don’t yet know they love dance.


The aims of Dance Passion are:


The Dance Passion open call is providing funding for:

  • five short form films, expected to be no longer than five minutes, at £5,000 each
  • and five interactive projects using tools in BBC Connected Studio’s MakerBox at £10,000 each

The short form films can take any form including live performance capture, animation or insights with behind the scenes access. We encourage fresh ideas on how to capture dance on film. The films will be hosted on a variety of BBC platforms such as BBC iPlayer.

The interactive projects will use tools in the MakerBox, currently StoryFormer and Audio Orchestrator and will be hosted on BBC Taster. The BBC will be running two FREE workshops (19 May and 2 June) as well as drop-ins (27 May and 8 June) where you can learn more about these tools and how to use them.


Successful projects need to be finished and delivered no later than 17th January 2022. More details are available in the information pack below.


• This open call provides £5,000 funding for the production and creative costs of each short form film and £10,000 for the production and creative costs of each interactive project. Applicants can apply for both areas and there is no limit to the number of projects which can be submitted.

• Each award of funding is accompanied by commissioning executive support from BBC Arts and/or BBC Connected Studio. Producer advice is also available prior to and during production. All commissioned projects are subject to  BBC Editorial Guidelines.


This opportunity is open to dance companies, independent artists, dancers and choreographers based in the UK from both the professional and non-professional sectors, along with those based in dance education and dance medicine. We are interested in working with dance companies or individuals working in dance in any genre.

Further information on the types of applicants we are looking for is available in the information pack below.


• Each short form film can apply for a maximum of £5,000 and each interactive project can apply for a maximum of £10,000.
For all projects we would expect that everyone is paid for their work and the budget should cover creative rights for worldwide distribution by the BBC, including clearance of music whether that is specifically commissioned or commercial.  Applicants can apply for both areas and there is no limit to the number of projects which can be submitted.  Further information on the application process is outlined in the information pack.


The Dance Passion Open Call will open soon and will run to 16 June 2021. Please follow the One Dance UK and BBC Arts Social Media channels for updates. Applications will only be accepted using the Dance Passion Open Call Uploader and require the applicant to have a BBC Account sign in so that we are able to protect the data you provide to us. Please see the Privacy Policy for more information on how we handle your data.

We will only accept applications which are submitted to BBC Arts and One Dance UK through the official Dance Passion Open Call Uploader. We will not accept or read applications which are sent to us by any other portal or email.

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Applications should be made by a lead applicant who will receive the funding should the application be successful. Applicants can apply as individuals or through a dance organisation. Dance Passion is designed to promote the UK’s dance sector so we encourage dance companies, dancers, choreographers and independent artists to apply. This open call is not specifically targeted at independent filmmakers or production companies with no dance experience or heritage but we will accept applications from partnerships between companies and the dance sector.

The information we require includes:

• Name and contact details

• Whether you are part of a dance organisation or are applying as an individual and where you are based

• Your project idea in no more than 400 words

• Lead talent associated with the projects

• Amount you are applying for

Your Budget should include:

• The total cost of the project and where any other funds are being sourced

• All costs of production which you expect to incur including the payment of talent and hiring of equipment

• The cost of clearing the content (including all underlying rights in music, choreography, performances etc.) worldwide in perpetuity for all BBC platforms including BBC branded social media pages . Please note however, if the BBC decides to incorporate the content in any programme that transmits on any of its linear television channels (e.g. BBC1, BBC2 or BBC4), the BBC will pay any performers a repeat fee determined in accordance with the BBC/Equity Agreement so you will not need to clear the performers for the BBC’s linear channels. You will not be able to rely on the BBC’s blanket music licenses to clear any music contained in the content.

• Legal fees

• Payment for all cast and crew at least at National Minimum Wage

• Access support you require to produce the project

• All the delivery materials, to be notified by the BBC in due course

• A 5% contingency


You will be invited to submit links to previous creative work if such work exists.


For further information and details regarding Dance Passion 2022 please see the full application brief below.



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Dance Passion is a collaboration between BBC Arts and One Dance UK and is supported by Arts Council England.


For general information on how One Dance UK collects and processes your information when you visit our website or interact with us please visit our privacy policy. For information on how your information for Dance Passion Open Call will be collected and processed, please refer to the privacy notice that will be available on the BBC’s application form when the call is open.