For Programmers

Surf The Wave aims to create a step change in the way dance is toured in the UK. An important part of that is opening up communication between programmers and artists. To do this, we are creating opportunities for networking, holding intensive workshops to discuss problems and spark new ideas, and presenting a showcase to allow programmers and promoters to see some of the incredible work on offer.

Low Res001.jpg

Who is Surf the Wave for?

Surf The Wave is designed for anyone who is interested in programming more dance or even presenting dance for the first time. You don’t have to be a theatre to get involved either. Surf The Wave wants to investigate different contexts and actively encourages programmers from museums, galleries, universities, festivals and other spaces to join in.

Low Res053.jpg

How do I get involved?

Our Artist as Entrepreneur Intensives have been happening around the country and you can monitor the conversations coming out of them by following us on Twitter or visiting the Artist as Entrepreneur Intensives page.

We are holding networking events all over the country. Sign up to our mailing list or see our events page to find out when the next one will be. At these events, you’ll be able to meet choreographers and dance artists who are currently presenting work, as well as other venues with experience or programming dance.

In May 2019, we’ll be holding the UK Dance Showcase. This four day event will take place in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and feature talks, networking opportunities and opportunities to see performances by artists wishing to tour their work in the UK. Find out more on our Showcase page.


What are the benefits of presenting dance?

Dance is an incredibly versatile art form. It transcends language barriers making it open to interpretation and therefore accessible. It is also diverse with many different styles originating from all over the world.

Dance can be very flexible. Small casts and stripped back sets make it easy to transport into different spaces. It can be interactive, with potential for participation with workshops taught by dancers or touring support staff.

Low Res108.jpg

How do I get involved if I’m an international programmer?

Nottingham based dance development agency Dance4 are leading on the international touring strategy. If you programme for venues outside the UK, you can find more information on their website: