Next Step is a programme of 5 online CPD sessions facilitated by experts in various arts roles, programmed with partner networks and organisations including One Dance UK. The workshops & talks are available to everyone, and can be booked individually or as a bundle.

The Programme

09/11 Putting Art First – Advocating for your work, with Shobana Jeyasingh

Keeping your vision for your art front and centre can be challenging. Often there are competing priorities and expectations to manage, not least because dance is, by its nature, a collaborative art form. This talk will give you an insight into how one of the UK’s most adventurous and inquisitive choreographers, Shobana Jeyasingh, has managed to remain true to her instincts and singular vision over a 30-year career, whilst dealing the pressures and processes of funding, collaboration and experimentation.

The talk, facilitated by former Shobana Jeyasingh Dance producer and SDN staff member, Joël Cottrell, will be followed by a Q&A with Shobana.

18/11 Mental Wellbeing in Dance – Tools and discussion, with Dr Lucie Clements and One Dance UK

The dance industry is waking up to the importance attending to the mental health of the people who work within it, and Dr Lucie Clements, ‘The Dance Psychologist’, is at the forefront of this movement. Join her in this talk facilitated by OneDanceUK, to hear about ways you can help yourself and others and to find out what support is available.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A, where you can ask your own questions about psychological wellbeing in dance of Dr Lucie.

24/11 Talking about Your Work – Making the most of post-show discussions, interviews, and other opportunities to talk about dance with the public, with Luca Silvestrini’s Protein

Accessibility and inclusion are more than just buzzwords in today’s arts industry: they’re at the core of what artists are now expected to create. Luca Silvestrini, the Artistic Director of Protein, is renowned for his ability to bring everyday experiences to life on stage with professionals and non-professionals alike. He has worked with marginalised and underrepresented groups of all ages, all over the world, and is therefore uniquely placed to talk about how to communicate about dance with the public. Gain valuable insight into how he talks about dance in various contexts and what motivates him to work with, and make work for, as wide a public as possible.

01/12 It’s Not All About ACE – Finding funding elsewhere, with Kasia Truefitt and guest

We’re all applying for it, and we can’t all get it. But there is money to be found outside of the context of Arts Council England. This talk, by successful independent choreographer, Kasia Truefitt, will give you an insight into how she’s navigated a choreographic career beyond relying on ACE.

09/12 A Producer’s Guide to navigating the small print, with Joël Cottrell and guest

Is a split a good deal? Do I really need my own PLI? How majeure does the force have to be? All these questions and more, answered by SDN’s producer, Joël Cottrell, based on his decade-and-a-bit producing dance at all different scales.

To find out more about the incredible artists facilitating these sessions, visit our blog

Booking Information

When? 9th November – 9th December
Where? Zoom
Who for? Everyone!
How Much? £4 per session, £10 for 3, £15 for 5.
How do I book? To book your tickets follow this link

If you have any questions about the programme, or want to speak to us about accessing the online events, please email the project producer Joël