Professional Performance Programme

Enriching lives through dance

Our Professional Performance Programme aims to bring live professional performances to new audiences in new ways.
By working with, and supporting young to mid-career choreographers over a longer period, integrating with prospective audiences on practical projects alongside creating works for live performance, we hope to engage with, and reignite audiences passion for live professional dance performances.

Practitioners will work with Swindon Dance on educational and community projects engaging with specific target audiences to reignite their passion to see live professional dance performances.
Each project must have outreach s an integral part of its work alongside the creation of a new work or completion of a developing work for live performance.
Each project will run on an individual basis with its own set of goals and timeline in collaboration with Swindon Dance, and will receive an individual support package that will be agreed during the planning stage. It is expected that the artist will also bring their own level of support to the project.
The offer

  • a small bursary/commission,
  • mentoring support,
  • free use of our dance studios for rehearsals/creative development,
  • marketing and communications of project and performance event, plus
  • a performance fee for the live performance section of the project.

The live performance element may be informal, a group sharing, site specific, outdoors, part of an event or festival rather than in a traditional theatre setting.
We aim to work with a diverse range of styles for targeted audience groups and welcome practitioners from any genre, covering new, fresh and exciting ideas and for a range of targeted audiences.
Artists on this programme and who later go on tour with the work are required to promote Swindon Dance on all publicity relating to the finished piece.

Applications for this programme are currently closed.


Our Professional Performance Programme Artists 2023/25 are,


Our Commissioned Artists 2022 to 2023 are,

  • Edd Arnold
  • Thomas Page
  • James Wilton

find out more about them, their practice and work via our Online Platform CLICK HERE


Due to a grant from The Foyle Foundation we have been able to offer commissions to the following artists to create digital pieces via our Digital4 offer

  • Second Hand Dance
  • AWA Dance
  • Hip Hop Knights
  • Henry Labrada Rodriguez
  • Tangled Dance Company

find out more about our Digital4 commissions CLICK HERE

For further information about our commissions programme please get in touch via email HERE