Launch in Leeds

Date: Wed 23 Oct 2013, 09:00AM — 07:00PM
Location Yorkshire Dance and Northern Ballet
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Tickets: £25 Dance UK member price or £30 non-members (including lunch and drinks)


**More speakers now confirmed and full timetable announced**

Donʼt miss out on Launch, the annual professional development and networking day designed especially to help dance students and recent graduates starting out in their careers.

The packed day provides seminars and hands-on practical advice from a mixture of emerging and established dance professionals, who have all had amazing careers both as dancers and in the other diverse roles the dance profession offers. Launch gives young dance professionals the relevant information and tools to choose and successfully pursue specific roles in the sector, including teacher, manager, dancer, choreographer and everything in between.

Northern Ballet dancer and speaker at Launch in Leeds, Hannah Bateman, says: "It's important that those who are currently active in the business can support emerging artists and it's great to have an event outside London. I'm excited to be participating and to meet the next generation of dance talent."

Check out the video from last yearʼs Launch at:

Speakers include:

  • Hannah Bateman, Leading Soloist, Northern Ballet
  • Beth Cassani, Senior Lecturer in Dance, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Gary Clarke, independent dance artist and choreographer
  • Kyhle Eccles, independent dance artist and fitness and health specialist for dancers
  • Wieke Eringa, CEO & Artistic Director, Yorkshire Dance
  • Karen Knox, dance artist and project manager
  • Carlos Pons Guerra, choreographer and Director of DeNada Dance Theatre
  • Kirsty Redhead, Artist Development and Project Manager, Yorkshire Dance
  • Sarah Shead, Director and Creative Producer, Spin Arts Management
  • Erin Sanchez, Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, Dance UK
  • Tim Tubbs, Director, UK Foundation for Dance
  • Matt Flint, Dancer, Choreographer and Creative Director of Happy Feet Productions
  • Tracy Tinker, Rehearsal and Tour Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre
  • Helen Linsell,Artistic Director, Dance United Yorkshire
  • Lydia Cottrell,independent dance artist and co-founder of 70/30 Split
  • Sophie Unwin,independent dance artist and co-founder of 70/30 Split

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9am – 9:30am: Registration

9:30am – 10am: Welcome - Beth Cassani and Janet Smith

10 – 11:15am: Chat show - Hannah Bateman, Anthony Missen, Matt Flint and Wieke Eringa

11:15 – 11:30am: Tea and comfort break

11:30 – 12:15pm: Finances for Dancers/Money Matters - Tim Tubbs

12:20 – 1pm: Break out sessions: Working in Education and Community - Karen Knox and Helen Linsell OR How to work with a Producer - Kirsty Redhead

1:05 – 1:55pm: Lunch (provided)

2 – 3:10pm: Emerging Artist Chat show and Questions - Lydia Cottrell, Sophie Unwin, Khyle Eccles & Carlos Pons Guerra

3:15 – 3:55pm: Break out sessions: Working as a Choreographer - Gary Clarke OR Dance Health/Resources available to keep Dancers Healthy - Erin Sanchez

3:55 – 4:15pm: Afternoon tea and cakes (provided)

4:20 – 5:00: Break out sessions: How to Audition - Tracy Tinker OR How to Write an Arts Council Application - Sarah Shead

5:05 – 5:30pm: Round up - Beth Cassani and Janet Smith

5:30 – 7pm: Networking drinks (provided)