Young Professional Programme

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Our Young Professional Programme supports young dancers within five years of graduating from a three year full-time training at Vocational College, Dance Conservatoire or equivalent as they start out in the professional world.

The Young Professional Programme is a two-year programme that aims to support young professionals by reducing the financial pressures a young dancer faces when trying to start their professional career. This is not a tutor led course and each dancer will be expected to be self-motivated and have the ability to research, plan and implement their own plan towards achieving their goals.

Each participant will receive financial support and guidance to enable them to gain skills development and continued training such as; dance technique, creating, auditioning, marketing, creative problem solving, producing and mentoring. A goal plan will be agreed between each participant and Swindon Dance which outcomes will be measured against.

It is hoped that these young professionals will go on to become longer-term associates of Swindon Dance. The scheme commences from 1st April each two years.
Next round starts April 2022. Applications will open soon.


Young Professional – the offer:

The scheme commences from 1st April each two years.  Next round starts April 2021.

    • 2-year support;
    • bursary up to £2,000;
    • a support programme based around each individuals goals and aspirations;
    • access to the studio’s resources for the year;
    • a yearly performance platform at Swindon Dance;
    • mentoring, advise and workshops in arts management, networking and funding;
    • communications and marketing, which will be 2-way between the young professional dancer and Swindon Dance; and
    • the opportunity to be peer mentors to students on the studio’s Talent Development Programme;


Who we’re looking for:

    • young professional dancers;
    • specialising in any genre;
    • who are resident in the UK;
    • who have graduated from a three-year full-time training from vocational college, Dance Conservatoire or equivalent;
    • a yearly performance platform at Swindon Dance;
    • who have been out of graduation for a minimum of one-year, and;
    • who are within five years of graduation


Please note that applications for 2020-22 are now closed. 


Meet our Young Professional Artists 

Our current Young Professional Artists for 2020 to 2022 are as follows. Click on each artists name or read more to find out about their practice and work via our Online Platform: