Open applications for the Full Production, Early Stage and Accelerate commissioning programmes are accepted on an annual basis only. The application round for 2019-20 commissions is now complete.

Dance City’s commissioning programme supports the development of full length and early stage work, prioritising dance artists from the North East with possible support for one piece from outside the region, nationally or internationally.

Commissioning programme:

Each year our commissioning programme supports four strands of work.

  • Full production

Up to 3 new, full length (minimum 50 minutes) productions, receiving £5,000 each.  These productions will be performed within our Professional Performance Programme between 2019 and 2021. We expect that the commissioned dance artist/company will use the Dance City commissioning fee as match funding towards additional fundraising.

  • Early stage

Support for the development of up to 3 early stage, short pieces of work (5 – 15 minutes duration).  These pieces will be performed in at least one Dance City platform event, to include Dance Edits in September 2019

  • Accelerate

Up to 2 commissions to support recent BA or MA graduates to make early stage work. Graduates must be in their first or second year of graduating.  Pieces should be 5-15 minutes long and will be presented in at least one Dance City platform event. Commission awarded in memory of Charlotte Grant. (Open to North East Dance Artists only)

You can find out more about how we support professional dance artists by downloading the document below.


We actively encourage applications from artists who identify themselves as black, Asian, minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or disabled.

Further advice and information about Dance City commissions can be obtained from