dance stories 2015

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7 Stories about 7 very different dancers in the wide world of professional dance from the experienced to the new graduate to the CAT programme.

September 14th, 2015

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Audition Email Updates

Sally Marie (UK)

Male and Female, Closes: June 4, 2016 - published on Monday, 23 May, 2016

We are looking for dancers for two dance-theatre projects this summer, directed by Sally Marie. The audition will tale place on the 4th June at Rambert Dance Company Studios, The Southbank. This location is to be confirmed. And also the 5th June for call backs. The Place, Dukes Road Euston. 10-6pm both days. We'll start with probably an improvisation class and then go on from there.

Every Day People

Just weekends only, from 9th July - 21st August (£180 a day / £360 for each weekend / £2520 in total). We are looking for three dancers, male or female.Six members of the public are going to choreograph their own dance work on three professional dancers, with myself as go-between. You'll need to be warm and open, versatile, a good team player and possess a great memory - as you may be work on three different pieces in a day over the 8 weekends.


29th August - 25th September. Full-length dance-theatre work about our connection to nature / also a comedy. It has already premiered as an indoor work & is now going to be re-imagined as an outdoor piece for the InsideOut Festival in Dorset. We need 3 Male dancers, possibly one female. ( It's mostly Bournemouth based, yet accommodation will be provided.

We are looking for three very different men. And also a community cast from the Bournemouth area.

Ist Man: Possibly a woman in fact. Someone very funny, emotional, charismatic and good at text.

2nd Man Great mover, someone who can breakdance perhaps / and who is also competent at text. This part is a city bloke who loves football.

3rd Man: Someone intense who is a great mover and good at contact. Does not need to be able to do text really ;)

We have already been commissioned and so it's definitely happening, only I am awaiting a funding decision to extend the rehearsal process. This will be a paid position. Likely around £450 a week for four weeks, which includes the shows.

We are hoping these initial performances may lead to further performances at Festivals next summer. The audition is open - to give new graduates a chance as much as anything.

Please bring your CV and a picture on the day and email me with a simple word YES if you are coming so we can gage numbers:
(A couple of other choreographers who may be looking for dancers will be invited to observe the audition too.)

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Moxie Brawl (UK)

Female, Closes: June 12, 2016 - published on Monday, 23 May, 2016

Moxie Brawl- a fresh, all-female, inclusive, award winning dance theatre company that creates work for outdoors, indoors and places wheres dance just shouldn't be, is searching for dance artists to join the research stage of a new work in Autumn 2016.

Artistic Director Sarah Blanc is developing a new work, 'History Of Ireland'; a fun and engaging dance theatre piece, which explores the stereotypical view of Ireland whilst bringing to light Irish women who have been forgotten in the history books.

Moxie Brawl is looking to recruit 1 female dance artists to join the team for this research stage. The successful candidate will have excellent performance skills, a collaborative approach to working, be comfortable learning large pieces of text and have strong dance technique. Ability to play an Irish traditional instrument would be a bonus.

This audition is particularly targeted at female disabled artists however, applications from all female dance artists are welcome. In addition, Moxie Brawl is also looking to recruit cover for the Autumn leg of the Windibops tour 19th-27th October.

Ideally these two roles would be the same person but not essential.

Dates: Irish research- First two weeks in September 2016 at The Place in London. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Windibops Autumn dates- 20th-27th October confirmed and 1st -3rd November TBC

Fee: £450 per week

The audition will take place at Trinity Laban, Sunday June 12th, 10am - 2pm.

Unfortunately, alternative dates are not available, applicants must be available to attend this date to be considered.

Please look at the website and videos on youtube before sending a *covering letter (maximum 2 paragraphs) explaining why you would like to work with us, CV and any links to clips you may have of yourself moving/performing to: by Friday 3rd June. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 6th June

*Video applications are also accepted, if you would prefer to talk instead of writing a cover letter.

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Hagit Yakira (UK)

Male, Closes: June 3, 2016 - published on Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

Hagit Yakira - founder and director of Hagit Yakira dance is looking for an experienced male dancer for her new production Free Falling, which will be performed nationally throughout autumn 2016 and spring-summer 2017. A project supported by Sadler's Wells, Laban Theatre and Dance4.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in two days of workshops led by Hagit Yakira. The workshops are for shortlisted applicants only and are subject to the requirements as outlined.

Workshop/Audition dates, times and location:

London: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June from 9.00am till 3.00pm. Shortlisted applicants will be informed by Wednesday 8th June More details about the workshops will be sent to those invited.

All applicants should be available for the creation period in London between September - October 2016. This contract is being offered at £440 per week for the five to six week period. Unfortunately no travel or accommodation expenses can be covered during this time. The selected dancer will also need to be available for touring 2016/2017. An additional daily rate, plus travel, accommodation and per diems will be offered for this.

Applicants should have the following experience/skills:

Strong contemporary dance training with excellent technical and creative abilities
Very strong partnering skills
Experience in improvisation
A willingness to contribute to the creative process
A desire to learn
An interest/familiarity with Hagit Yakira's work

TO APPLY: please email a short CV, photograph, online film links/uploaded videos of previous work (no special effects) and a brief letter explaining why you would like participate, to:

Deadline for applications is Friday 3rd June at 5pm.

For any queries regarding the production or the workshop auditions, please email

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Didy Veldman (UK)

Male or Female, Closes: June 20, 2016 - published on Wednesday, 18 May, 2016

Umanoove/Didy Veldman is looking for two experienced male/female dancers for her first independent creation starting 19 Sept. 2016 in London. This full length production will have four dancers and will also be performed by Alexander Balanescu. The audition will be held on Sunday 10 July 2016 with a deadline for applicants on Monday 20 June 2016

Requirements: Extensive body awareness, strength, flexibility in body and mind, ability to apply various movement techniques, improvising, collaborating and generosity.

Interested applicants should email a CV and photo, and any links to video footage, explaining why they would like to work with 'Umanoove'/Didy Veldman, no later than 20 June '16 to Please note that the audition will be by invitation only.

Working period: 19 Sept until 17 Nov. with performances starting 4 Nov. Plus a second performance period starting end of April'17 until middle of May '17. Please if you do not have availability during the stated project period do not apply to audition.

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Russell Maliphant Company (UK)

Male or Female, Closes: June 17, 2016 - published on Saturday, 14 May, 2016

Russell Maliphant Company is looking for experienced dancers for short project in Autumn 2016 and international touring in 2017 the audition will be held on 16 and 17 July 2016 and the deadline for applicants is Friday 17 June 2016 

Requirements: Strong contemporary and/or classical technique training, Very strong partnering skills for male, A desire to learn, Familiarity with Russell Maliphant's work.

Applicants are required to send CV with headshot, online film links/uploaded videos of previous work (no special effects) and a covering letter outlining why they wish to be considered by email. Audition will be by invitation only and subject to the requirements as outlined. Please send submissions to

Initial period of employment will be 14 - 27 November 2016 with possibility for further dates in 2017. We kindly ask that individuals who do not have availability during the stated project period do not apply to audition.  If you are unavailable for the project dates but would like to be considered for future engagements please send details to and we will add you to our database.

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Dance Ahead (UK)

Male or Female, Closes: May 25, 2016 - published on Saturday, 14 May, 2016

Dance Ahead are looking for 2 new performers to join the cast of The Glass House. Applicants must hold 3 years professional dance training. Exceptional contemporary dance technique. Excellent Contact improvisation skills and devising skills and a strong performance presence.

The Glass House is a development of Looking Outside from the Inside commissioned by Dance City for Edits in 2015 - a piece of contemporary dance theatre on the themes of poverty, the vulgarity of bourgeois spending, and the social isolation caused by the wealth gap. The Glass House will cast 4 professional dancers, 16 cross-generational community participants and a number of local musicians.

Audition Date : 29th May 2016 1 - 5pm (Carlisle, Cumbria)

Project Dates : 8th - 27th August 2016 (Carlisle, Cumbria)

Inclusive fee of £1,500

Deadline for Applications 25th May

To apply please send a cover letter, headshot and CV to with the subject heading Pro Performer Glass House.

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Australian Dance Theatre (Australia)

Male and Female, Closes: June 9, 2016 - published on Monday, 9 May, 2016

A rare opportunity has become available for male and female dancers to join Australian Dance Theatre, based in Adelaide. The successful applicants will join an elite team of professional dancers, representing a world-class company led by Artistic Director Garry Stewart.

Dancers with professional experience are encouraged to apply. Full-time contracts of one-year duration are available. Applicants must hold either an Australian or New Zealand citizenship or a valid visa to work as a dancer in Australia.

The audition will be undertaken at your own expense.

Essential Attributes

Resilient and Quick thinking.

Peak physical condition.


Highly proficient in contemporary and classical dance

High level of professionalism

Willingness to work hard and be passionate about dance and movement research and be an effective team member.

Applicants must submit:

One head shot

Two dance shots

Links to video footage (YouTube or Vimeo - 3 min max) including passwords if used

CV including a minimum of two references to the following email address:

Ensure it is clear which audition you would like to attend.

Applications Close: Friday 10h June 2016

AUDITION LOCATIONS: Melbourne, Friday 17 June - 12.00pm - 6.30pm, Victorian College of the Arts - 234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank VIC 3006

New Zealand: Sunday 19the June - 10.30am - 5.30pm, New Zealand School of Dance - 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand

Adelaide: Thursday June 23rd 2016 10.30am - 5.30pm, Adelaide College of the Arts - 39 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000

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Hilde Elbers (Netherlands)

Female, Closes: May 30, 2016 - published on Monday, 9 May, 2016

Hilde Elbers is looking for a Physically powerful Theatrical playful Female dancer It is asked that one is willing to dive into mentally challenging processes and dares to make personal connection to the work.One needs to be able to be very precise, and strong in improvisation as well.

The work probably will be, repetitive, long lasting, and physically extreme. The Theme of the next performance will be about boundary's. To what do we say yes and to what do we say no? how close can we get? How defensive are we?

In these two days we will explore different aspects that are used in the work.As the work is layered we will use a workshop format to have time and dive in deeply.

Attendance is on invitation.

Please send to: before 30 may

1) A one page motivation letter (please look at my website and the trailers of The Animated and A manual for walking. where you write about what comes up for you when you hear the word: boundary's / personal boundary's. Please include your thoughts about saying yes and no in regards to different aspects of life.

It can be poetically written, A word game, an association train ore however it fits you

2) A link to a youtube/vimeo video where you are dancing/moving and shows your theatrical skills as well.

3) a CV

Working period:

7-8 August 2016 in Boulevard festival

1 week in the end of October 2016

7-12 and 14-19 November 2016

1- 17 December 2016

1-25 January 2017 :

Premiere 25th January

The audition will be held in Theater De NWE Vorst in Tilburg the Netherlands. Details follow upon invitation. Please take into account the workshop audition is for two days!

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Eliot Smith Company (UK)

Male, Closes: July 25, 2016 - published on Monday, 9 May, 2016

Eliot Smith Company (ESC) is seeking strong male dancers with a broad range of current performance techniques, ballet as well as the Graham Technique. The Company guarantees 3 activity's of paid work per year to its core group of dancers.

Dancers must be performance-ready and available and have no travel, passport or visa restrictions to work in the UK.

The successful candidates will join ESC as a Company Dancer with work due to commence from mid September - mid November 2016, followed by 2017 Spring Tour.

Newcastle audition: Friday 29 July 2016
Location: Eliot Smith Company, The Barre Studios, 56 Close, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RJ

Deadline for applications: 5pm Monday 25 July 2016

Interested applicants should email a CV and photo, and any links to video footage, explaining why they would like to work with ESC, no later than 5pm on Monday 25 July to Please note that audition will be by invitation only.

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