New Adventures, Matthew Bourne’s award-winning dance-theatre company, is recruiting a new cohort of emerging dance teachers and Community Dance Artists. This is an exceptional professional development opportunity for dance practitioners working across England.

Listen in to what our 2019/20 cohort had to say about their Overture experience.⁣⁣⁣⁣

15 dance artists, who use a variety of styles, who have been working in community or education settings for less than five years. We hope to find a group of artists whose work spans both urban and rural settings and who represent the diversity of contemporary England.

Over the course of nine months the selected artists will meet for three residential weekends at the Company’s base at Farnham Maltings, Surrey, and visit New Adventures on tour with Nutcracker!. Each residential will comprise of practical workshops, class and skills-sharing as well as inspirational guest teachers from a variety of dance backgrounds sharing their practice.

Workshops in areas such as personal development, advanced community dance skills, business development and networking aim to provide the cohort with a range of skills to support them to the next level of their careers.

Travel expenses, accommodation and per diems are provided.

Please complete the Jot Form and download the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form below. 

Saturday 20 June 2020 (Digital session)
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October 2020 (Farnham)
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 November 2020 (Farnham)
Saturday 16 January 2021 (London)
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February 2021 (Farnham)

If you know someone who would benefit from this opportunity send their name, contact number and email address to [email protected]. Tell us who you are, and in a couple of sentences why you are nominating the individual.

As this is an important part of the work that we do, we want to make sure that we can continue to facilitate connections between artists, even at this challenging time. So the Overture programme will begin with a digital session on Saturday 20th June until we're able to join together physically as a group. Further details of the schedule to be announced soon.

We actively encourage people of all backgrounds to apply for our training opportunities and wish to ensure that there are no barriers to access. We are particularly interested in those from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, disabled artists and those with parental or caring responsibilities.

If you have any access requirements including support regarding parental or caring responsibilities please talk to us via [email protected] 

Deadline: Monday 4 May 2020

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"Overture has given me the confidence to make some pretty big decisions.. I need to be bold, to dream big and to shape my world how I want to."

Jasmine Hall⁣, 2019-20 cohort

Meet the Facilitators

New Adventures' Overture programme is led by Resident Artist Kerry Biggin and community dance artist Tom Hobden.