Launch Leeds 2016 **SOLD OUT**

The professional development and networking day for dance students and recent graduates

Hannah Bateman, Wieke Eringa, Matt Flint and Anthony Missen, Launch Leeds 2013, Photo by Sara Teresa

Hannah Bateman, Wieke Eringa, Matt Flint and Anthony Missen, Launch Leeds 2013, Photo by Sara Teresa

Friday 26 February 2016
9am – 7pm (including networking drinks)
Yorkshire Dance, 3 Peter’s Square, Leeds. LS9 8AH

Tickets (includes lunch, drinks)
£25 Dance UK/NDTA members
£30 non-members (Also includes one year of  Dance UK membership)

Launch is a professional development and networking day designed especially to help dance students and recent graduates starting out in their careers.

The packed day provides seminars and hands-on practical advice from a mixture of emerging and established dance professionals, who have all had amazing careers both as dancers and in the other diverse roles the dance industry offers. Launch gives young dance professionals the relevant information and tools to choose and successfully pursue specific roles in the sector, including teacher, manager, dancer, choreographer, researcher and everything in between.

Dance UK is merging with Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), National Dance Teachers Association (NDTA) and Youth Dance England (YDE) to form One Dance UK.

One Dance UK is partnering with Leeds Beckett University, Northern Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Yorkshire Dance and York St John University.

Come along to:

  • Explore various career options in the dance sector such as teacher, manager, dancer and choreographer
  • Get advice from both emerging and established dance professionals
  • Find out information to ensure your career has the best possible start
  • Learn about finance, auditioning and writing funding applications
  • Network with fellow students, graduates and dance professionals

Launch Leeds 2016 Programme

9am – 9:30am: Arrival and Registration

9:30am – 9.45am: Welcome by Co-Chairs:
Antony Dunn, Marketing & Communications Manager, Yorkshire Dance
Rachel Krische, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

9.45 – 11:15am: Opening Chat Show:
Balbir Singh, Artistic Director of Balbir Singh Dance Company
Charlie Morrissey, Independent Dance Artist
Emily Labhart, Access and Education Projects Coordinator, Phoenix Dance Theatre
Kenneth Tindall, Choreographer
Sam Vaherlehto, Dancer with Phoenix Dance Theatre

11:15 – 11:30am: Tea, coffee and biscuit break

11:30 – 12:15pm: Finances for Dancers/Money Matters:
Tim Tubbs, Freelance Arts Manager and Producer and Katie Geddes, Director, The Dance Studio Leeds


11:30 – 12:15pm: Dance Health/Resources available to keep Dancers Healthy:
Erin Sanchez, Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, Dance UK, Pippa Moore, Premier Dancer, Northern Ballet, Ashley Dixon, Leading Soloist, Northern Ballet 

12.15 – 1.00pm: How to audition for a contemporary company and for independent projects:
Azzurra Ardovini, Independent Dance Artist & Theo Clinkard, Choreographer, Performer, Designer and Teacher


12.15 – 1.00pm: Research opportunities and further study:
Nicola Forshaw, Head of Programme: Dance, York St John University &
Nathan Geering, Artistic Director of Rationale Theatre Company

1:00 – 2:00pm: Lunch at Northern Ballet/ Phoenix Dance Theatre (provided)

2:00 – 3:15pm: What to expect in your first 18 months after graduating:
Jamaal Burkmar, Choreographer
Lisa Clayton, Education Activity Coordinator, Opera North
Kate Cox, Co-founder of Gracefool Collective and ProDanceLeeds
Melanie Purdie, Freelance Producer

3:20 – 4:00pm: Working as a Choreographer:

4.00 – 4.20pm: Tea, coffee & cakes

4:20 – 5:10: Working in Education and Community
Helen Linsell, Artistic Director, Dance United Yorkshire and Freelance Community Dance Practioner & Katie Geddes, Director / The Dance Studio Leeds


4:25 – 5:10: Developing your career as a producer and working with a producer and putting in place resources to make work happen:
Fern Potter, Director of Development, One Dance UK & Sarah Shead, Director and Creative Producer – Spin Arts

5:10 – 5:40pm: Round up from Chairs:
Janet Smith MBE, Principal, Northern School of Contemporary Dance & Antony Dunn, Marketing and Communications Manager, Yorkshire Dance

5:40 – 7.00pm: Networking drinks (provided)


If you would like to be on the reserve list for returned tickets, please send your request, with your name and number to

Watch what we did at Launch Leeds 2012.