Each year Dance City supports up to 8 artists/companies to develop new dance work as part of its annual commission programme. This support is awarded across the following strands:

  • Full Production
  • Early Stage Production
  • Charlotte Grant Early Career Artist Award
  • Artist Development Bursary

All strands are open to artists/companies (not NPOs), regardless of whether you’ve applied for or received a commission or bursary from us previously. Across the 3 commission strands we are particularly looking to support artists who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic/People Of Colour, Disabled and mature (10 years plus of professional practice), the latter an area highlighted by sector consultation. We define dance in this context as all styles and genres of movement focused work, including aerial and circus arts.

All strands welcome artists/companies who are producing a full-length live performance, film or outdoor dance work. Any film work is to be in accordance with Arts Council England’s definition, ‘creative films that involve artists working in our supported artforms and where film is the medium for their work.’

This commissioning programme is exclusively for artists who are from, who studied at undergraduate level or above, or who are based or working in the North East of England. The lead applicant must show their connections and commitment to developing the North East dance sector.

Applications are now closed for 2020-2021. More information and details on how to apply for 2021-2022 will be published in October 2020.

You can find more information on all of our current commissioned artists and the work they are developing with Dance City’s support below, or read the full press release here.

Further advice and information about Dance City commissions and application support can be obtained by contacting alex.anslow@dancecity.co.uk



Dance City is seeking applications from professional dance artists/companies for a brand-new commission ‘Made In The North East’ in partnership with a new consortium of 8 North East venues and their new and existing audiences

Generously supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the aims of this commission for the partners are to develop a better understanding and commitment to programming dance performances in the region. To achieve this the partners are participating in a collective process of development and training activities to best enable the production of new work and touring support through a consortium approach.  

Deadline for expression of interest Friday 20 November 2020.

Find out more and apply here.