Overture is an exceptional professional development opportunity for dance practitioners working in communities across England. A group of Community Dance Artists are invited every year to participate in a series of four residential weekends at our base at Farnham Maltings.

Over the course of twelve months the selected cohort of artists take part in four residential weekends at Farnham Maltings in Surrey. Each residential comprises of practical workshops, class and skills-sharing as well as inspirational guest teachers from a wide variety of dance backgrounds sharing their practice.

Workshops in areas such as fundraising, time-management and networking aim to provide the cohort with a range of skills to support successful careers as community dance artists.

Travel expenses, accommodation and per diems are provided.

12-13 May 2018 | 08-09 September 2018 | 10-11 November 2018 | 09-10 February 2019

"My journey so far has been quite indescribable. In such little time, I have met people who have provided me with support, practical advice for my current work and guidance for the future. These weekends have been jam-packed with knowledge, skills sharing and play. I have been reminded of why I fell in love with dance, and why I am still in love with it today. Thanks to everyone there, my life has already changed so much for the better" – Ruth Asidi, 2018-19 cohort

Meet the Facilitators

New Adventures' Overture programme for 2018/19 was led by Resident Artist Kerry Biggin and Daisy May Kemp (maternity cover).

Also facilitating the programme for the third year running is Tom Hobden. Since 2002 Tom has been a choreographer, educator, mentor and all things community dance. He is the artistic director of UNIT (, and lecturer in community dance practice for Trinity Laban, ISTD and University of Suffolk as well as a cultural business advisor for the Start East program in Norfolk and Suffolk. He advises for companies such as the Ballet Boyz, Alexander Whitley alongside touring, commissions and creating dance film.

Tom said: "This will be my 3rd year facilitating the programme and it has been a real pleasure to support, guide and challenge the next generation of community dance artists. Overture is close to my heart as its a bespoke programme of personal, professional and community dance artist development. 

The three stands are all things I see as crucial to building a long-lasting and fulfilling career. The personal development supports confidence to become the next change makers or great artists, the professional development reminds the cohort that they are cultural micro businesses and to not be afraid to extend our skills and lastly development of community dance practice reminds them that we can always find another way to work with our communities. To piece the elements together, myself with the New Adventures Resident Artist, carefully facilitate the weekends and provide a guiding hand to mentor and support the cohort across the four weekends. We listen carefully to their needs and build a bespoke programme to push them to the next level."