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Culture Liverpool is on the lookout for the best dancing talent

From belly dance to tap, tap to tango, and contemporary to cha cha, Culture Liverpool is searching for the best dancers in the region.

For the first time since the pandemic, the Leap Dance Festival is returning this year. Creative individuals and organisations are encouraged to apply for a one-time Dance Creative Commission Grant and use the funds to commission a brand-new piece of work that will be showcased as part of the festival.

Through the funding, communities, professionals, and the dance industry will be able to collaborate while performing in various locations throughout the City Region.

Director of Leap Dance Festival, Paul Doyle, said: 

“We are delighted that Culture Liverpool is able to support local dance artists with opportunities to create and perform their work in the city. It is a positive step towards rebuilding the dance sector in the region and ensuring dance is visible year round within the cultural calendar.”

The grants will range from £300 to £3,000 and in order to apply the submissions need to:

  • Be high quality and demonstrate artistic excellence. 
  • Be inclusive, generate positive social impact and engender a sense of pride in Liverpool and its communities. 
  • Be part of the Leap Dance Festival, either in person or digitally. 

The funding has been made possible due to the Liverpool City Council’s partnership with the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

In order to apply, submissions are welcome from:

  • Liverpool-based artists and organisations who work with local communities.
  • Freelance artists and small collectives.
  • Those who have all the necessary insurances in place, such as public liability or employers’ liability. 

For more details or to submit an application, head to the Culture Liverpool website. The deadline for submissions is 10am, Friday 9 February 2024.

The dance festival will take place in April and May 2024.


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