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Tenders Sought for South Asian Dance Degree Feasibility Study

By Hannah Busst Monday 4 June 2018

Dance Hub Birmingham is seeking to appoint a skilled researcher/company to complete a feasibility study to propose possible solutions for South Asian dance undergraduate and postgraduate degree provision. The feasibility study will draw on the learnings of past attempts to establish such provision and provide evidence to justify the most feasible option(s) selected.

Seeta Patel, Birmingham Weekender 2017

Photo by Steve Eggleton

The feasibility study will be in two parts.  

Part one:

  • Outline/ explore current opportunities for progression routes in South Asian dance

  • Market-test the appetite amongst young people for such a course

  • Provide an overview of and evidence for the selected course content together with a course outline(s)

  • Scope different models that might feasibly work, referencing in particular those that previously have not

  • Following the completion of the proposed course(s), outline the potential career/development paths that might be available

Part Two:

  • Identify/scope specific institutions where the undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree course(s) could be housed including a discrete piece of research with an interested university

  • Identify processes and timelines for establishing a new course(s) and the associated business case requirements.

  • Cite international comparators within the wider marketplace for benchmarking, peer review and comparator purposes.

Background and Context

Dance Hub Birmingham is an ambitious sector led initiative to amplify and further develop the region’s position as an international centre of excellence for dance.  Supported with strategic investment from Arts Council England, Dance Hub Birmingham builds upon the exceptional existing dance ecology of production, performance, community and learning activities delivered by organisations in the dance sector.  

Dance Hub Birmingham is led and governed by representatives from ACE Dance and Music, Birmingham City University, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Culture Central, DanceXchange, mac Birmingham, One Dance UK, Sampad and two independent dance artists, who work in consultation with the city and wider West Midlands dance sector.

Dance Hub Birmingham is an initiative delivered by Culture Central in partnership with the host of dance artists, choreographers, specialist delivery agencies and venues that comprise the region’s diverse dance ecology.

This feasibility study comes at a time when there is a sufficient volume of graduates, for example, from the National Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Programme, also known as Yuva Gati, to merit this investigation.  Yuva Gati offers advanced training to young South Asian dancers up to the age of 18 years, who have demonstrated a talent and commitment to continue their dance studies at a higher level and potentially pursue a career in dance, specialising in one of the South Asian dance forms.

Yuva Gati, as a model for delivering an intensive, residency-based training programme, to a dispersed community of interest, is worthy of particular note in informing the potential models to be explored for the delivery of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  There may also be other routes by which students could access this course nationally and internationally and these should be considered. It is also essential to factor in the opportunity to link with and partner universities in India.

Kathakali and Yakshagana Dancers, Birmingham Weekender 2017

Photo by Andrew Fox

The vision of the Dance Hub Birmingham initiative

Dance is woven into the fabric, body and soul of Birmingham and the West Midlands, creating a colourful, diverse tapestry that excites, inspires and celebrates all its artists and citizens and acts as a beacon nationally and internationally.


In 2027 Dance Hub Birmingham will have enabled its organisations to:

  • Provide life-long engagement for everyone from early years to older adults

  • Develop and produce high quality bold, unique work

  • Be world leaders in collaborating

In 2027 Dance Hub Birmingham will have enabled artists to:

  • Have full life careers in dance

  • Access to outstanding training and opportunities

  • Create bold, unique, cutting edge dance

In 2027 Dance Hub Birmingham will have enabled the city to:

  • Establish its confidence as a world leader in dance

  • Be the template for artist and culture led regeneration with new models of investment creating returns

  • Be a destination for artists and audiences


You will have a good understanding of the South Asian dance sector, existing partners and provision within this area.  You may have worked in academia and will be familiar with the HE structures and funding frameworks in England.

We are looking at tenders in the region of £7,000 - £10,000 and would expect this work to be completed by September 2018.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the following:

  • Understanding of the South Asian dance sector, existing partners and provision within this area

  • Experience of academia and familiar with the HE structures and funding frameworks in England

  • Experience of carrying out impact assessments and evaluations, ideally with a focus on Higher Education

  • Experience of assisting arts organisations to undertake research and strategic planning

  • Suitability of methodology and project plan

  • The ability to carry out the research in the period June-September 2018, providing a finished report by September 2018

  • Cost

Required documentation

Tender submissions should include the following information in a fully worked out project plan:

  • Proposal outlining key questions to be examined in the research

  • Full details of the methodology to be applied

  • Timetable

  • CVs of personnel carrying out the study

  • Full breakdown of fees and costs, including expenses

  • Contact details

Applications may come from individuals or from companies with appropriate expertise.

Dance Hub Birmingham is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Please send your documentation to Hannah Busst at hannahbusst@culturecentral.co.uk

The closing date is: 22nd June 2018

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