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DanceEast has opened applications for Rural Retreats

  • Date: 19 August 2014
  • Area: South East

DanceEast has opened applications for Rural Retreats 2015: Future leaders in dance - a fantastic project that provides people in the sector with an important opportunity to step back from their day-to-day work to consider their and the sector's future.

Rural Retreats were introduced by DanceEast in 2003 for established and aspiring artistic leaders in dance. These short, intensive sessions include a wide-range of activities, such as the chance to hear from experienced leaders from other sectors (business, sports and arts), discussion groups to address issues and concerns, and the opportunity to network and build connections with peers from around the world.

The 7th Rural Retreat, which is supported by public funding from Arts Council England, will take place on 2-4 January 2015 in Ipswich. It will bring together a diverse mix of aspiring leaders from different parts of the world, dance forms and backgrounds- all of whom share a passion for future leadership in dance.

Cate Canniffe, Director, Dance and South East, Arts Council England, said: 'Projects such as DanceEast's Rural Retreats are a really important part of creating a strong and successful future for the dance sector. We are very pleased to be able support this work and look forward to seeing more and more dancers benefit from this project.'

The 6th Rural Retreats event in 2013 saw 28 artistic directors from many of the world's leading dance companies come together over four days to discuss the global challenges facing dance leadership today. This highly diverse event included 17 nationalities working across 18 countries - spanning Australasia to North America, and Europe to Asia.

Emily Molnar, Ballet BC, Canada, said: 'It was a true and rare gift to be in the presence of such honesty, intelligence and creative passion. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of the beauty and possibility of our art and of the human spirit.'

DanceEast is currently inviting expressions of interest from experienced dancers, choreographers and teachers who have ambitions to move into an artistic leadership role in dance and want to be part of Rural Retreats 2015.

Applicants should email susannah.burke[at] outlining why they should attend and suggestions of what topics / speakers should be part of the retreat, alongside a copy of their CV. The deadline for applications is 1st September 2015.