Closing date: 04.10.2021 5:00pm

Following the success of the Spring pilot programme, DanceXchange (dx) is excited to announce the continuation of the dx Mentoring Initiative for Autumn 2021.

This is an exciting opportunity for up to 3 independent dance artists or companies to be involved in a new mentoring programme with acclaimed choreographer Gary Clarke. Selected artists will benefit from five one hour sessions tailored specifically to their own practice and work, peer to peer discussions and support from the dx team.

THE PROGRAMMEGary will provide a supportive and nurturing environment for each individual artist or company to explore their artistic vision and interests, choreographic voice and next steps in their journey as a creative artist. Gary will facilitate and encourage in-depth conversations around areas of improvement, forward-thinking, progression and planning whilst highlighting and celebrating strengths and achievements. Gary will encourage each individual artist to be at the forefront of their own learning and development to help gain independent thinking and growth. This exciting new programme aims to be creative, thought-provoking, rewarding and empowering.

“The mentorship programme was brilliant from start to finish; Gary was sensitive and responsive to areas that we wanted to bring to the table, whilst challenging us in a safe environment to step outside of our comfort zone. We can’t believe everything that we covered in the short time and have come away really inspired, motivated and armed with a list of actions to take the next steps. Thank you Gary and dX for making this possible!”

Spring 21 recipient

About Gary Clarke

Winner of a UK Theatre Award, A Critics Circle National Dance Award, The Herald Angel Award and the 1998 Brian Glover Memorial Award, Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent contemporary dance artists. He has received great appreciation for his work as a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Mentor, Teacher and Facilitator. He has worked with some of the world’s most prolific dance companies and choreographers and has developed a growing reputation for creating his own extraordinary dance work of various sizes and scales which has received praise from critics and audiences in the UK and abroad.

Gary has a passion for artistic growth and development and has extensive experience in mentoring young dancers, emerging dance makers, established choreographers and organisations including Studio Wayne McGregor’s PEER Mentoring Programme, Hawk Dance Theatre, Morph Dance Company, Ludus Dance Company and Dance United Yorkshire amongst others.

What is on offer?

  • £500 fee (to pay for your time to attend the sessions)
  • 5 x one-hour mentoring sessions with Gary Clarke tailored to you and your work
  • The possibility of studio space if required during the residency
  • Peer to peer discussion

Who can apply?

  • Whether you’re from a Hip Hop, South Asian, Commercial, Contemporary or any other dance background, this initiative is open to any dance artist or emerging company who feels they would benefit from a mentorship opportunity (some examples include but are not limited to; artists wishing to develop their creative and/or choreographic practice, artists hoping to upscale their work and/or company, artists wishing to start a company and being unsure of where to start)
  • Artists at an early stage of their choreographic careers with some successful professional choreographic experience and with the ambition to grow and develop further
  • Artists who are Midlands based or have a strong connection to the region
  • Applications are open to artists or companies at any stage of their professional career
  • Previous, unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following to by 5pm on 4 October 2021.
  • Submit an expression of interest of maximum 300 words or a 3 minute video answering the following questions:
    • How would you describe yourself in three words?
    • Tell us a bit about your pathway into making work and why you think working with a mentor will help the next stages of your development (try to highlight specific areas you may need help and guidance with or what challenges you are facing that you would like mentorship on)
    • What drives your artistic practice?
  • Submit an Equal Opportunities monitoring form alongside your expression of interest (see website)
  • Mentoring sessions must take place between 22nd October and 26th November 2021(artists must be available on Friday 22nd October for an introduction meeting with Gary


Closing date for applications is Monday 4 October, 5pm

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday 12 October 2021


If you would like to ask any questions about any of the above, we would love to hear from you so please get in touch via


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