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Dance Hub Commissions For South Asian Dance Genre Artists

By Dance Hub Birmingham Thursday 28 March 2019

Dance Hub is reissuing its commissioning round for South Asian dance genre artists who are based in Birmingham or the West Midlands (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Coventry, and Worcestershire) and will be developing and presenting work in the region.

Commissioning Priorities

Dance Hub Birmingham is looking to support the development of classically trained dancers in South Asian dance styles to explore choreographic practice and develop new commissioned work.  

We invite dancers who have trained in any of the classical South Asian dance styles (eg: Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Yakshagana, Kuchipudi, Chau, Kathakali , Mohini Attam and Sattriya) for a minimum of 5 years, who are based in or predominately work in the West Midlands, to apply for funding to create a new piece of work with a choreographer with whom you have not worked before (they may be a South Asian dance choreographer or a choreographer from another genre).  

You must create a new piece of around 10-15 minutes and be willing to learn choreographic techniques from the choreographer you work with.  

We will also ask that you identify a mentor with whom you would like to work to support you through this process.  You must also be willing to share your learning with the wider dance sector.

Four commissions of £7500 will be awarded.  National Portfolio organisations are not eligible to apply for this commission. 


  • We are looking to fund artists who have trained in any of the Classical South Asian dance styles for a minimum of 5 years
  • You must work with a choreographer who is new to you or whom you have not yet worked with
  • We are looking to support work that celebrates and showcases the classical form as well as work that showcases contemporised classical forms
  • We are interested in what you will learn about choreographic techniques and processes and why you have chosen the choreographer you want to work with
  • You must work with a choreographer who is new to you or whom you have not yet worked with
  • You must identify a mentor who will support you through this process.
  • Dancers/artists must create a piece of work between 10-15 minutes long
  • Full criteria and application details are given in the application pack below. 

If you require further assistance or advice in identifying a potential choreographer or mentor, particularly from other genres, please contact the Dance Hub team for support.


Please download full details and application cover sheet below, and submit your application along with supporting documents to Monique Deletant by 6th April 2019.

We expect to inform applicants of the outcome of each round approximately 2 weeks after the closing round.

South Asian Dance Genre Commissions Final March

Dhb Artistic Commissions Cover Sheet South Asian Dance

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