Surf The Wave announces Showcase Legacy Support following successful UK Dance Showcase

Surf The Wave announces Showcase Legacy Support following successful UK Dance Showcase

The UK Dance Showcase took place between 16 – 19 May 2019 in Bournemouth and Poole. A total of 43 artists and companies performed or pitched work across the four days to over 200 delegates. The Showcase, which is part of Surf The Wave, the dance showcasing and touring strategy project powered by Pavilion Dance South West, closed with an announcement that support was now available to apply for to develop relationships brokered and ideas generated during the event.

Alongside the performances and pitches, delegates were invited to attend a series of talks curated using themes that surfaced during the first phase of the project which saw artists and programmers get together in a series of intensives held across the UK. The talks focused on themes including audience engagement, building international relationships and creating work for rural touring.

Additionally, delegates were invited to attend a series of networking opportunities including a formal facilitated networking session, and three drinks receptions hosted by #SWDancing2019, South East Dance and One Dance UK. 

Delegates who attended the Showcase took to social media to share their thoughts. Sam Bain from Storyhouse in Chester tweeted: “Had a brilliant few days talking about and seeing all things dance at UK Dance Showcase. Thanks Surf The Wave – and thanks to all of your brilliant team who never dropped their smiles!”. Nottingham Playhouse’s Liz Johnson said “What a weekend at Surf The Wave! Wonderfully exhausted from seeing some brilliant work and meeting some brilliant people. Huge thanks for pulling a great programme together.”

Adding his voice, artistic director of Southpaw Dance Company Robby Graham said: “What a fantastic weekend at Surf The Wave. Honestly had the best time seeing some familiar faces and meeting loads of super talented and lovely people. So great to connect and what a great job Pavilion Dance South West have done”. Choreographer Jo Fong shared her sentiments “One enormous conversation between so many who care about dance and the arts. Glimpses of a positive future for dance, diversity on stages, female makers and bloomin well having a good dance”

The Showcase Legacy Support initiative was announced during the closing speeches on Sunday by Surf The Wave Project Director Sheila Creevey. Designed to enable artists, producers and programmers to find new ways of working together and support touring activity, delegates can apply for between £2,500 and £7,500 for projects that must be completed by end of July 2020. The deadline for applications is Thursday 25 July at 5pm.

Speaking about the initiative, Sheila Creevey said “Surf The Wave is all about building relationships between artists and programmers so that they can find new ways of working together. The UK Dance Showcase was a golden opportunity for these relationships to start to be explored and so we’ve announced this support initiative to ensure conversations continue.”

Surf The Wave have also launched a Go See bursary, which gives programmers the opportunity to apply for support for travel and accommodation to continue seeing more shows, and for artists to get support to go out and meet programmers.

For details on how to apply for Showcase Legacy Funding, please visit:

For details on how to apply for a Go See Bursary, please visit:

Surf The Wave is the major project led by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), on behalf of the National Dance Network (NDN).

Surf The Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Jerwood Arts with further support from Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place, and Yorkshire Dance. 

The Showcase is supported by our venue partner Lighthouse, Poole and sponsored by Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Arts University Bournemouth