DanceEast has been providing Rural Retreats for existing and aspiring dance leaders since 2003. They have brought together Artistic Directors of the world’s leading dance companies, leaders of professional training schools, and those looking to take their first step into leadership.

Where: DanceEast, Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW, UK

When: 29th August – 1st September 2019

Deadline for applications: 15th February (UK) 18th February (International) 2019 at 12:00 GMT

Post-Brexit, the western world may be a different place and there is a need to ensure a diverse range of voices that are creative, bold and ready to find solutions to lead dance through these uncertain times. Young people entering leadership roles will now be responsible for engineering solutions for a future that we can’t predict.

Is Young Rural Retreat 2019 for you?

• Are you aged between 18 and 23 and passionate about dance?
• Do you want to meet leading industry professionals?
• Do you want to discover leadership and management skills fit for a dance career?
• Do you dream of making an impact on the future of dance?

The Retreat will be led by two facilitators: Christopher Hampson, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet and Catherine Cassidy, Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet. Christopher has participated in previous Rural Retreats for both aspiring and existing dance leaders and as a speaker, and Catherine, as well as being a leading dance educator is a specialist in career development.

Each day will start with a short class or warm-up. You will hear from leaders in and beyond dance, explore what leaders do, the skills they need, the challenges they face and ways of dealing with difficult situations. There will be time to listen and reflect, to discuss and discover different ideas, to work with people who share your passion, and to formulate an international network of ambitious young leaders.

Your accommodation and catering will be covered by DanceEast. You will be asked to make a small contribution of £50 (in sterling and inclusive of VAT) and be responsible for your own travel costs to and from Ipswich.

How to apply:
Young Rural Retreat is now open for applications from young people with ambition and potential to be the dance leaders of the future.

• Complete the application form here, upload a 2-minute clip as per the application instructions and email it to
• The deadline for UK applications is Friday 15 February 2019, 12:00 GMT
• The deadline for International applicants is Monday 18 February 2019, 12:00 GMT
• Successful applicants will be informed by the end of February 2019.

Participants will be selected based on the attached application form, with the intention of bringing together people from different backgrounds and with different experiences and perspectives.

DanceEast is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations. It is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, the home of dance in the East of England.

DanceEast’s programme embraces the artistic, educational, social and recreational roles that dance plays in the local and national arts ecology. It places artists at the heart of the organisation, presenting high-quality, high-profile dance work in the Jerwood DanceHouse and offering artists support, development and stimulation via programmes such as the Associate Artist Scheme, Rural Retreats, Professional Development workshops, advanced level classes and the Choreographic Development Fund. DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years, working closely with partners on local, national and international projects.

Costs for participants: £50

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